New Year’s Resolution?

December 31, 2010 at 10:31 am | Posted in Eating and Drinking, Learning Stuff | Leave a comment
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Sound advice courtesy of the Ministry of Food and the Imperial War Museum. The IWM’s exhibition on digging for victory and rationing is in its last few days (ends Jan 3 2011) but is well worth visiting if you get the chance. Alternatively, the exhibition blog has lots of good photos, comments and film clips.

There are original posters on display (“Spades Not Ships”, ‘Milk: The Backbone of Young Britain’, “Food is a Munition of War – Don’t Waste it”) as well as delights such as potato flower-patterned housecoats and other rationing-themed textiles. Recreations of wartime shops, kitchens and greenhouses sit alongside oral history recordings (recalling life as a landgirl or as a canteen worker for instance), wartime radio broadcasts, propaganda films and ‘food flashes’. There are also lots of songs playing as you walk around the exhibition. My current favourite is Jack Buchanan singing ‘Everything Stops for Tea’. This is also very sound advice, especially during January when the promise of a little treat at four o’clock can help you get through the day.

Happy New Year everyone!


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