GET INSPIRED: The Victorian Farm (TVO: Mondays until October 26)
Image source: http://www.ruthgoodman.me.uk/Victorian_farm.html
Call me a dork but I am getting *really* into this BCC documentary program that’s been airing on Monday nights on TVO (tonight was episode 2 of 6 episodes) called The Victorian Farm. British historian Ruth Goodman (pictured above) and archaeologists Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn commit to a full year of running a Victorian farm, strictly employing the farming techniques and adopting the way of life of the Victorian era (while dressing the part). This series is particularly relevant in a time where people are concerned with organic farming, reducing waste, and general DIYing. It is amazing to realize how much labour went in to simple day-to-day tasks (a full week to do laundry!), despite the aid of industrial-era tools and machines.
While many of the skills and techniques explored relate to farming, the domestic arts feature prominently as well. As Goodman fondly recalls on her website:
“I particular enjoyed the creative side of life. The world of a Victorian rural woman contains a surprising amount of craftsmanship or craftwomanship from making cloths to building fences, manufacturing cleaning products to plaiting straw hats. It is a world of quiet skills, knowledge of the materials around you and the satisfaction that comes from making things. The straw plaiting in particular has become addictive and I’ve make several hats since the project ended along with giving up modern cleaning products.”
Check it out Mondays until October 26 at 7 pm on TVO.
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