The Hop Project


Model of the final Hop Pickers Special train to leave Herefordshire, overcrowded with hop pickers returning to the Black Country*
— West Bromwich Model Railway Society

* Taking inspiration from the fact that hop pickers were always put on inferior trains/poor quality carriages, this was a handy opportunity for the Model Railway Society to use up all their damaged stock.

Watercolours inspired by inner city graffiti
— Cradley, Mathon and Storridge Art Group
Diorama of socialist hop pickers from the South Wales Valleys and the Black Country fighting the royalist land owners in a fictional British civil war universe
— Hereford Wargamers
Quilted beer label designs for fictional feminist ales
— Crystal Quilters & Kidderminster Forest Quilters
Rustic touring exhibition display system
— Mr Bennett, Romany Traveller


Two schools – Bosbury Primary School in rural Herefordshire and Grove Primary School in Handsworth, inner-city Birmingham – are undertaking a series of exchanges as they explore stories of migration through the medium of vegetables. Even the humble carrot and parsnip, staple ingredients of the English Sunday lunch, made their way to the UK as vegetable migrants. Children will exchange seeds and ideas as they prepare for ‘Vegetable Show’, an imagining of new, fictitious vegetables (the best paintings going on tour in the exhibition). Pupils will also get the chance to take part in the Agricultural Sculpture Colouring-in Posters Competition and contribute to the Franz West Gourd Growing Station.

Other Contributions

The Hop Project is an evolving project; we expect other groups to make contributions to the touring exhibition as the project develops. Please check the website for updates.