“THE WORKING WO/MAN in JEFFERIES’ WORKS”
SATURDAY 28th July 2012,
RICHARD JEFFERIES’ MUSEUM, COATE
Whether it was the agricultural labourer, shepherd, gamekeeper, tenant farmer or other worker, Richard Jefferies had much to say about their life and toil. The study day will explore Jefferies’ descriptions of the working man and woman and what conclusions we might draw about Jefferies’ views as he matured.
10.30 Doors open and refreshments.
11.00 Welcome and introductions by the Chairman.
11.15 Select a relevant piece of Jefferies’ writing or about Jefferies on the subject of the working man or woman to read to others. See notes.*
1.00-2.30 Lunch break. Bring a packed lunch or eat at the Sun Inn next door. RJS publications and second-hand books on sale. Opportunity to look around the Museum.
2.30 Prof. Roger Ebbatson will talk briefly about ‘Women in the Fields’.
Andrew Rossabi will address: The Labour Question. Did Jefferies’ views change about the agricultural labourer or did he write to suit his audience?
Extracts selected for reading should be no more than about 5 minutes long. The choice of material is endless. The obvious sources for study include:
The Gamekeeper at Home
The Life of the Fields
Toilers of the Field
Landscape and Labour
Hodge and his Masters
Richard Jefferies: An Anthology by Matthews and Welshman.