The BBC Television series, Victorian Farm, is a historical observational documentary series following a team who live the life of Victorian Farmers for a year. In the three episodes of the Christmas specials, Alex, Peter and Ruth return to the Shropshire farm to celebrate a traditional Victorian Christmas. There's an enormous amount of farm work and new tasks to be tackled on the estate in the lead up to the festive season.
On this website Alex, Peter and Ruth show how to make your own traditional Victorian Christmas. There are 25 exclusive how-to videos, which are not featured in the television programme, with activities ranging from authentic decorations, arts and crafts to traditional 19th century recipes.
Alex, Peter and Ruth return to the Shropshire farm.
You can also learn how to play Victorian Parlour Games, sing traditional Victorian Christmas Carols and make your own toy theatre. All activities come with full instructions and downloadable materials to help you make your own Victorian Christmas.
Alex Langlands is an archaeologist and historian with a fascination for the British landscape. He has excavated numerous archaeological sites in a bid to understand agricultural practices throughout history.
Peter Ginn studied archaeology at University College London and has since been an archaeological digger, supervisor and teacher.
Ruth Goodman is a historian with a particular interest in domestic social history and its interpretation to the public. She spent ten years as a historical advisor to the Royal Shakespeare Company's Globe Theatre.
The team were also historians on the BBC Two series Tales from the Green Valley, which saw them running a Welsh farm using 17th Century methods. Ruth also appeared in the BBC Two programme Tales from the Banquet Hall where she helped to make a Tudor feast. The team are currently filming, Edwardian Farm for BBC Two.
The Victorian Farm series and website content was all filmed on the Acton Scott estate in Shropshire. It is a world frozen in time, lost in Victorian rural England.
Its buildings and grounds are stashed with antique tools and machinery collected by the Acton family who have lived at Acton Scott since the twelfth century.
There is also a Historic Working Farm founded by Thomas Acton more than thirty years ago and located on the estate's home farm. It is run by Shropshire Council.
For more information visit www.actonscott.com.
Victorian Farm returns to BBC Two in December.
National Archives: Victorian Britain
History in Focus: The Victorian Era
Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victorian Web
British Library: Online Exhibition: Victorian Britain
Pollock's Toy Museum