Successful One Hut Full Launch!
OHF was launched at Exeter cathedral in February. We had two rams inside the cathedral and ewes outside by the hut. Thank you to Paula Wolton our project lead who has worked tirelessly to make OHF happen, to Clare Butcher, Phil Coaker, Mark Dufall and Clyde Coaker for taking sheep and to all the others who helped to make it so successful. Next event:
Bovey Tracy Craft Festival, 5-7th June.
PRE. BBQ. VIEWING OF ONE HUT FULL
For those of you who have yet to see ONE HUT FULL, Paula Wolton has kindly offered you the chance to view The Hut and its 10 minute film at her farm between 4.30 and 5.30 pm on 4th July prior to the barbeque. The farm is just a 10 minute drive from Murray’s farm. Please advise Paula by 2nd July if you wish to take up this opportunity. Tel: 01837 810416. Venue: Locks Park Farm, Hatherleigh, Okehampton, Devon.
The One Hut Full project will celebrate the rich traditions of farming on Dartmoor, using as a starting point the Whiteface Dartmoor sheep, a breed which epitomises the moor and its heritage. Our intention is to involve, inspire and enthuse everyone about life on the moor, past, present and future, from the local resident to the visitor, school children to graduates, rural to urban communities. The project will record traditional hill farming as practiced on Dartmoor in living memory, before this knowledge is lost in a rapidly changing agricultural scene and ageing farming community. Through the Whiteface Dartmoor, so symbolic of Dartmoor, we will provide a greater understanding of Dartmoor as a working cultural landscape of enormous heritage value, and provide a springboard for the future development of sheep farming and especially wool-based manufacture.
The project will be based on both an oral history and a photographic and document archive, used to create a highly innovative touring exhibition and associated workshop activities, contained within a mobile shepherd’s hut. Reflecting the excitement and interest the project is generating, the hut will travel far afield taking the story of Dartmoor and its sheep to a wide audience.
The project has been developed and refined over the last 18 months by the WFDSBA council together with a range of interested organisations and individuals, and is fully supported by the society membership, which includes many key Dartmoor farmers. In particular, we have consulted and developed partnerships with the following:
- Dartmoor National Park Authority
- The National Trust (Castle Drogo, Dartmoor)
- The Museum of Dartmoor Life (Okehampton)
- Devon Heritage Education Group (DHEG)
- British Wool Marketing Board
- Campaign for Wool
- West Devon Community and Voluntary Services
- Okehampton Primary School
- Devon County Records Office (Exeter)
- Butterfield Ironworks
- commercial artisan spinners, twine makers and tanners.
We are delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting our project and that artist Andy Visser has been commissioned to create the One Hut Full installation and associated education resources. We will be sharing lots of information about the process of building the hut and the creation of the installation as the project develops, including opportunities for you to get involved.
If you have any questions please contact Paula Wolton, One Hut Full Project Manager.