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Community Haystacks
Culture is a Verb

10am - 4.30pm

Saturday 7 July 2018

West Common, Lincoln

Community Haystacks is a celebration of ancient common land in Lincoln, the West Common. It brings together residents to recreate the pre-mechanical hay harvest & revive traditions of scything & commoning.  ‘Haystacks’ are nomadic events held to present & talk about rural issues & practices in urban places. The series started in 2013 organised by Kathrin Böhm, inaugural artist at Mansions of the Future. 

Scything Workshops 10.00am - 12 noon, 12.30 - 2.30pm
Learn how to scythe with scything expert Clive Leeke.
Click here to book for 10.00am – 12 noon workshop
Click here to book for 12.30 – 2.30pm workshop
Please note: due to limited capacity and 16+ age restriction booking is essential.

Commons and Commoning, Discussion 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Bring your own picnic and join us for an informal public talk with invited guests about the history of the land and related cultures of commoning. Speakers will include:

Historian and Georgrapher Dr Andrew Jackson, Head of Research at Bishop Grosseteste University, current research interests include twentieth-century urban and rural change, and local and regional history.

Dr Ian Waites, Senior Lecturer in Lincoln School of Design at the University of Lincoln, his research interests centre on post-WW2 landscapes, sense of place and memory.

Scything Competition 3.30pm - 4.30pm
With local food prizes for best windrow, best quality sward, best overall performance & style.

Haystack Building 12 noon - 4.30pm
Come along to help us build a large community haystack. Bring your own picnic and join a guided tour around the West Common at 1pm.

Throughout the Day
An area will be dedicated to scything, & open to those who already know how to scythe.