Potato Pete in the 21st century

Potato Pete in the 21st century

During the Second World War, the British Isles were subjected to a Nazi naval blockade, the aim of which was to disrupt food imports and starve the British people into submission. Shipping, whatever it was carrying, had to get past the German U-boats before it could...
The New Home Front Community

The New Home Front Community

Regular readers will have noticed that I had my head in the World War 2 Home Front at the end of last year – the ways in which ordinary people ‘did their bit’ and contributed to the war effort. The Home Front wasn’t confined to the UK, it was...
Wartime Wednesday: Pilchard and Cabbage Spread

Wartime Wednesday: Pilchard and Cabbage Spread

In episode 8 of the BBC’s Wartime Farm historian Ruth Goodman decides to do some picnic catering for a party in the park, an event that would have been encouraged under the ‘Holidays at Home’ scheme – an attempt to provide some light relief for...
Wartime Wednesday: Kew Gardens

Wartime Wednesday: Kew Gardens

Plant scientists, agriculturalists and horticulturalists played a vital role in World War 2, helping to grow the plants that kept the British people fed, and replaced drugs and other materials that were previously imported. Kew have made a lovely short video about the...
Wartime Wednesday: Bletchley Park

Wartime Wednesday: Bletchley Park

Ryan and I had a day off, so we took a trip out to Milton Keynes to visit Bletchley Park, a stately home that was a top secret location during WW2, the home of the codebreakers who cracked the German’s Enigma code, and helped the Allies win the war. What went on...