September 1-4, part of the Great North Festival of Agriculture
Life on the Home Front and the vital role the British countryside played during the Second World War is what Dig for Victory is all about at Beamish Museum, County Durham.
The 1940s Farm will be a hive of activity – from threshing to tractors, Land Girls to Lumberjills, blacksmithing to 1940s beauty tips and hands-on activities for everyone to try.
Visitors can take part in Home Guard drills, meet soldiers, see field communications in action and have a photograph taken in the farm office to attach to their ‘official’ ID card.
Around the farmstead, there are 1940s vehicles and agricultural machinery, a blacksmith hard at work in the forge and the chance to find out about poultry, ferrets and rabbit rearing.
The farmhouse kitchen will be buzzing – visitors can join the Jam Drive, watch apple pressing and have a go at Make Do & Mend.
In Garden Cottage, there will be wartime hair and beauty tips.
Next door, in Orchard Cottage, you can write a letter home from the Front.
An army encampment will be based near the tram depot, with amazing military vehicles, tents and, of course, soldiers to chat to.
Musical entertainment includes the Bright Street Big Band, Backstage Boogie Club and Lindyhop lessons.
Community events officer Gemma Stevenson said: “This is an opportunity for us to give a taster of life on the Home Front, to show what a difference ordinary folk could make and just how much they could support the war effort in their own back gardens.”
The Beamish Unlimited Pass, which is valid for 12 months, can be used during the daytime, including Dig for Victory and the other Great North Festival of Agriculture events.
The Great North Festival of Agriculture events are as follows:
- Leek Show, September 10-11
- Agricultural Show, September 15-18
- Hands-on Heritage Skills, September 24-25
- Harvest Festival and Harvest Home, October 1-2
For more information on the events, visit www.beamish.org.uk.