Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bringing Harvest Home; Beamish Museum Is Endeavouring to Keep the Seasonal Harvest Festival Celebration Alive in the North East. KATE PROCTOR Reports

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bringing Harvest Home; Beamish Museum Is Endeavouring to Keep the Seasonal Harvest Festival Celebration Alive in the North East. KATE PROCTOR Reports

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Byline: KATE PROCTOR

CONSIDERING it is one of the most ancient celebrations in the world, for many people memories of harvest festivals don't extend much farther than being asked to take a few tins of food into school.

There may have been murmurs of the song Oats Peas Beans and Barley Grow, and possibly even a reading from the Bible, but, for most, this hazy memory, usually harking back to primary school, is about all that can be recalled. Despite my own very rural upbringing in the wilds of the Pennines, my lasting impression was an evening one chilly October spent waving a plastic sheaf of corn around at a Methodist children's club.

More than 1,000 years of history sadly reduced to a plastic replica, most likely made in China, and not plucked from the freshly harvested fields of abundance we were supposed to be celebrating.

However, at Beamish Museum in County Durham, food and heritage experts are working to reinstate the importance of the harvest festival by showing visitors how it was marked more than 100 years ago . …

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