Three Acres And A Cow – A History Of Land Rights And Protest In Folk Song And Story

Wood engraving by Clare Leighton, courtesy of the artist’s estate
Wood engraving by Clare Leighton, courtesy of the artist’s estate

Friday 28th February at Grow Heathrow

Food from 7pm, show from 8pm

Telling the history of land and food in Britain is always a multi-stranded narrative. On one side we have the history of enclosure, privatisation and the dispossession of land based communities; on the other we have the vibrant histories of struggle and resistance that emerged when people rose up and confronted the loss of their lands, cultures and ways of life.

These multiple histories go largely undocumented in the literature of the times, often expressed simply as a hanging here and an uprising there, yet in the music and stories of the people they take on a different life.

‘Three Acres And A Cow’ connects The Norman Conquest and Peasants’ Revolt with the 80s road protests and Occupy via the enclosures and Highland Clearances, bringing a compelling narrative to the radical people’s history of Britain through folk songs, stories and poems.

Part TED talk, part history lecture, part folk club sing-a-long, part poetry slam, part storytelling session… Come and share in these tales as they have been shared for generations.

Featuring Keely Mills, Nick Hunt, Robin Grey, Alex Etchart and Rose.

Grow Heathrow,
Vineries Close,
West Drayton,


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