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Changes in British farming - World War Two
The medieval farming methods of the 1930s needed to change radically at the outbreak of World War Two. Farmer Alastair Morbey describes how his farm was run during the 1930s, with archive film illustrating the dependency on horses and numerous farmworkers. An archaeologist studies aerial photographs of the area from the 1930s and explains how the farming methods being used were still largely medieval. Over one million people were working on farms yet Britain still had to import most of its food from abroad, using the empire to source cheap grain. At the outbreak of World War Two this supply was cut off and Britain needed to become more self-sufficient. Land use maps produced by Professor Dudley Stamp helped to identify where change was most needed. Within 5 years domestic food production had almost doubled. Published as part of the Britain From Above website: bbc.co.uk/britainfromabove/. Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
Useful in the context of a unit on agriculture, particularly a study on how farming methods changed in the 20th century. Highlights how antiquated farming methods were during the 1930s and explains how the onset of World War Two brought about the realisation that change was needed.
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