Hard times and hungry months: Special talk on agricultural labourers

Discover what life was like for rural workers in Hardy's time. Visit Hardy's Cottage for an informal drop-in talk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Rural families led difficult, often unrewarding lives as they struggled to find secure employment. The whole family needed to work to provide enough income to survive. In the 19th Century there were many social changes that caused problems for rural workers. Many of Hardy's characters are faced with these challenges in his rural Wessex.

Come along to Hardy's Cottage for a drop-in talk to discover what life was like for Victorian agricultural labourers.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Hardy's Cottage

Prices

Whole property
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.40 £7.50
Child £4.20 £3.75
Family £21.00 £18.75
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £7.10
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £3.50

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
18 January 2019 11:00 - 13:30 Available
1 February 2019 11:00 - 13:30 Available
8 February 2019 13:30 - 16:00 Available
15 February 2019 11:00 - 13:30 Available

Contact Info

Name
Hardy's Cottage
Email
hardyscottage@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01305 262366

Upcoming events

Hard times and hungry months: Special talk on agricultural labourers

Fri 18 Jan 2019
11:00-13:30
Discover what life was like for rural workers in Hardy's time. Visit Hardy's Cottage for an informal drop-in talk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers.

Hard times and hungry months: The frugal cook

Sat 19 Jan 2019
11:00-13:30
With little food available in winter, families relied on preserves from the summer harvest and whatever would grow in the garden. Sample Victorian recipes made from the most basic ingredients. You may find carrot jam to be surprisingly tasty...

Winter Woodland Poetry Walk

Sat 19 Jan 2019
12:30-13:15
Explore the landscape of Thomas Hardy's imagination in this guided walk through Thorncombe Woods. The walk includes poetry and novel extracts along the way linked to Hardy’s wintry landscape.

Hard times and hungry months: folksongs and stories

Fri 25 Jan 2019
13:00-16:00
Tim Laycock weaves together the writings of Hardy and Barnes on the realities of country life in the winter months.

Hard times and hungry months: Special talk on cholera

Sun 27 Jan 2019
11:00-13:30
Discover how the cholera disease ran rampant through Dorset and how a family friend of Hardy’s invented the first dry earth closet. Visit Hardy's Cottage for an informal drop-in talk with one of our knowledgeable volunteers.

Volunteer recruitment drop-in session

Wed 13 Feb 2019
11:00-13:00
We’re recruiting more volunteers for the Room Guide and Reception role at Hardy’s Cottage and Visitor Centre. If you're interested in helping us, come along to this drop-in session and have a chat about it with staff and volunteers.