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Haxey Hood, Lincolnshire

The 6th of January saw the museum attending the ancient game of the Haxey Hood. Last year the museum was delighted to receive the old version of the Fool's costume, kindly donated by Dale & Maxine Smith. Although chilly, the weather stayed dry for this years event and there was a larger than usual media presence, with literally dozens of huge TV cameras and many amateur enthusiasts eager to record the event. The archivist Doc Rowe was there and Becky and Rachel Unthank were busy filming a new television programme to be screened later in the year. Milling through the crowd followed by a camera crew was the Turner Prize winner, Jeremy Deller, recording a episode of the Culture Show. The hood eventually reached the doorway of the Duke William where it will remain until next year. For more information about this wonderful custom, visit -