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Peter Ginn

Peter Ginn

Brief career background

I attended UCL and read Egyptian archaeology but advanced my studies in how archaeology is presented to the public. I have always been a staunch believer that heritage belongs to everyone.

Filming of Wartime farm so far

We have been welcomed with open arms at manor farm and looking at rural life during the period of the second world war would not be so much fun or seemingly trouble free without their help.

Filming highlight

My filming highlight so far has been making roof tiles. After the bombs reigned down life had to go on and buildings had to be patched up. Bricks tend to survive a fall to the ground and half bricks and quarter bricks are useful in the building process but tiles rarely survive due to their delicate structure so tile works went into overdrive during the war to try and keep up with demand.

What do you think was the biggest challenge faced by farmers during the second world war?

The singularly biggest challenge faced by farmers during the second world war was feeding the nation. The agricultural market had globalised and Britain was dependant upon supplies from abroad. Once war took hold the majority of domestic civilian food supplies had to be found from the confines of the island. Not only did this require a massive increase in productivity it also require a radical and fast overhaul of how Britain produced her food. This was coupled with a change in our attitudes to how we consumed our food and supplies and how we viewed our waste.

What appealed to you about this project?

Doing a farm project on the second world war seems a natural progression and Hampshire is the natural choice of county in which to do it.

Are you enjoying your time in Hampshire?

Yes, it is good fun living in Hampshire and getting to know the local community. One of the major attractions of a project like this is the chance to live and work alongside the local community.