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December 27, 2012

wartime farm christmas.

Ruth Goodman and Peter Ginn return to Manor Farm in Hampshire to recreate the conditions of Christmas 1944. Ruth finds out how the Women’s Voluntary Service operated the government’s National Pie Scheme, to come to the aid of the nation’s urban dispossessed and Peter calls upon rural crafts expert, Colin Richards, to brew […]

October 26, 2012

the wartime farm e08.

Season finale.

Even as the conflict drew to a close, the need for home-grown food became greater than ever. With Britain sharing the responsibility for feeding populations across war-torn Europe while struggling to afford imports, and American aid no longer available, rationing lasted well into the 1950s. As a fitting send off, the […]

October 19, 2012

the wartime farm e07.

The team face the farming conditions of 1944 when Britain had been at war for five years and millions of troops packed into the fields of southern England as the Allies prepared for the D-Day landings. Farmers did their bit by growing vast amounts of flax but the wettest summer for a century […]

October 13, 2012

the wartime farm e06.

The team tackles the conditions faced by British farmers in 1943, when food imports slumped to their lowest level during the war. The government feared a crisis and Britain’s farmers were challenged with somehow increasing food production yet again. There were renewed shortages of animal feed so Alex and Peter use some clever […]

October 5, 2012

the wartime farm e05.

The team tackles the conditions of 1942, when British farmers and the nation as a whole suffered from the massive shortages of vital materials such as wood, fuel and food due to the threat of Hitler’s U-boats to imports. Ruth and her daughter Eve travel to the New Forest to discover the story […]

September 28, 2012

the wartime farm e04.

The team discovers that farmers during the War could lose everything if they didn’t meet government standards for productivity. Over 2,000 farmers deemed ‘not good enough’ were thrown off their farms during the war. Ruth, Peter and Alex face a WW2-style government inspection, meeting an expert who tells them to grow and to […]

September 22, 2012

the wartime farm e03.

The team tackle the conditions faced by British farmers in late 1940, as the heavy bombing of the Blitz ravaged Britain’s cities and drove millions to seek refuge in the countryside. Alex and Peter work in the freezing cold to turn inhabitable outbuildings into refugee shelters, aided by a 94-year-old conscientious objecter who […]

September 14, 2012

the wartime farm e02.

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn turn the clock back to run Manor Farm in Hampshire exactly as it would have been during World War 2, when farmers were tasked with doubling domestic food production due to the Nazi blockade. The team tackle the conditions faced by British farmers […]

September 6, 2012

the wartime farm e01.

Historian Ruth Goodman and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn are back, this time facing up to the challenges of the biggest revolution ever seen in the history of the British countryside as they turn Manor Farm back to how it was run in the Second World War. When Britain entered the war, […]