The biggest revival in hen keeping since World War 2 is taking place in Britain at the moment. During the war years people were encouraged to dig up their flower gardens and plant fruit and vegetables instead, this led on to keeping a few hens, whose eggs supplemented the often meagre rations on offer. Chickens became a common sight in suburban gardens alongside potatoes, carrots, onions and anything else edible that would grow in this country. This ‘grow your own’, born out of necessity, helped the country survive the lean war years. If you had a glut of something you would swop with relatives, friends and neighbours, or even barter for other items in short supply. As well as padding out the often meagre rations it helped to create a great community spirit. Eggs were particularly prized as the ration was as low as one per adult per week.
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Today’s lavish wedding celebrations were unimaginable to the vast majority of the population during WW2 and the ‘Keep Calm and Carry’ on message applied to weddings as much as any other aspect of daily life. Read more
The government had to ensure the people had enough to eat and in April 1940 appointed Lord Woolton as Minister for Food. They wanted to ensure the population were fit and able to face the challenges and contribute to the fight ahead. The Ministry of Food made plans for the rationing and distribution of food based on the findings of nutritional science at that time. Lord Woolton had seen the effects of malnutrition in Liverpool and was determined the wartime diet should overcome this.
Every month we take a look at the different items rationed during the second world war. This months ration is Tea.
What could be more British than a nice cuppa! Tea rationing in Britain didn’t start until July 1940, the average tea ration was 2oz per adult per week. Back then the tea was sold loose, the modern tea bag wasn’t invented until 1944! The loose tea was actually more beneficial as you could easily re-use the tea leafs over and over again. Read more