Dig for Victory!

Get ready to Dig for Victory at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.

Join the Land Girls, Lumberjills and Home Guard at The 1940s Farm to Dig for Victory, from Thursday, 30th August to Sunday, 2nd September – the first event in Beamish’s Great North Festival of Agriculture.

Visitors can pick up their wartime ID cards and discover life on the Home Front during the Second World War. 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 (1stSeptember).

Paul Foster, Historic Events Officer, said: “Come and join us to Dig for Victory – we’re really looking forward to this fantastic event. Visitors can find out what life was like on the Home Front during the Second World War, and how the Dig for Victory campaign helped the war effort.

From Land Girls, Lumberjill displays and Home Guard drills to military vehicles, music and dancing, and hands-on activities, there’s so much to see and do.

Dig for Victory is the first event in our Great North Festival of Agriculture, come along and take part!”

The Ministry of Food launched its Dig for Victory campaign in October 1939, a month after war broke out. Everyone was encouraged to transform their gardens into vegetable plots. The campaign aimed to help replace imported food and goods that had been destroyed in transit. The National Federation of Women’s Institutes launched a jam drive, making preserves for distribution.

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

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 about Dig for Victory and the Great North Festival of Agriculture, visit www.beamish.org.uk.