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Beamish Museum: Dig for Victory 2018

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Dig for Victory Weekend. Picture; Beamish Museum
Dig for Victory Weekend. Picture; Beamish Museum

How gardeners helped to win the war, Aug 30-Sept 2

Join the Land Girls, Lumberjills and Home Guard at The 1940s Farm to Dig for Victory in the first event of Beamish Museum’s Great North Festival of Agriculture.

The Ministry of Food launched the campaign in October 1939, a month after the Second World War broke out.

Everyone was encouraged to transform their gardens into vegetable plots to replace the imported food we formerly relied on and goods that had been destroyed in attacks on merchant shipping.

The National Federation of Women’s Institutes launched a jam drive, making preserves for distribution.

Meet the lumberjills
Meet the lumberjills. Picture; Beamish Museum

Life on the Home Front

At the famous County Durham museum, you can pick up wartime ID cards and discover what life was like on the Home Front.

See military vehicles including a tank, jeeps and armoured cars, enjoy 1940s music and dancing, take part in Home Guard drills, watch the Lumberjills’ sawing demonstrations and see the blacksmith at work.

Get a 1940s hairdo and beauty tips from the Land Girls, take part in flag making and pea planting, support the jam drive and make do and mend, meet the ARP Warden, discover 1940s “wireless” shows and see the ferrets.

Military encampments will be welcoming visitors on the Events Field and Rowley Station will go forward in time to the 1940s period, with performances from the Beamish Choir on Saturday.

Great North Festival of Agriculture

Dig for Victory is the first event in Beamish’s Great North Festival of Agriculture, which continues with the Leek Show on September 8-9, the Agricultural Show from September 13-16, Hands-on Heritage Skills from September 22-23 and Harvest Festival and Harvest Home on September 29-30.

As with all daytime events, Dig for Victory is included in admission to Beamish Museum and is free for Unlimited Pass holders and Friends of Beamish members. Beamish is open daily from 10am to 5pm (last admission 4pm).

For more information, visit www.beamish.org.uk.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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