1940s Farm opens at Beamish

Date Posted: 12/02/2014

The new-look farm at Beamish open air museum in County Durham opens its barn doors to school visits from 15th February. Set in the period from 1942 to 1944, the farm aims to give students a snapshot of life on the Home Front during World War Two.

North eastern farmers played a huge part in helping Britain to win the war, and intensive farming saved the nation from starvation. The 1940s Farm tells the everyday story of the family who live there and the people brought in to supplement the workforce. 

The farmhouse has been furnished in the style of the times; an up-to-date Aga cooker supplements the range for cooking and warmth; and soft furnishings and decor reflect the 1940s. 

Across the lane are two farm cottages – one the billet of the Land Girls, who live independently from the farmer’s family and cook and clean for themselves.

The Land Girls spend their spare time ‘Make Do & Mending’ – essentials like homemade clothes, shampoo and lip stain. The second cottage is occupied by a family evacuated to the safety of the country from a nearby town.

School groups visiting the farm will not only have the opportunity to see what 1940s farm life was like, they’ll experience it too, making quilts for the Land Girls’ beds, mending clothing, helping to put the blackout frames on the window or learn to drill with the Home Guard.

For further school trip information visit www.beamish.org.uk.

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