A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to meet with Darren Beatson, Senior Co-ordinator (Records and Archives) at the National Trust.
He gave me a huge amount of archive material related to Ferguson’s Gang, mainly photos of every page of ‘the boo’s’ – the gang’s notebooks- containing receipts for donations they gave to the National Trust, blow by blow breakdowns of gang rituals, reports of each stunt they undertook and press cuttings of the stunts, which give a brilliant selection of perspectives on each event.
We get a real insight into the playfulness of the gang. The code language used and the world they were playing in.
We’ll be using the boo’s as source material for making the show next week, but I thought I’d share a little here.
All images courtesy of National Trust. The originals are held at the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre.
More to come soon….