Victorian Farm

Historian Ruth Goodman, and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Alex Langland find out what it was like to be Victorian farmers.

Using only the tools and materials which would have been available in 1885, the team find out the reality of day to day life for a Victorian farmer at the Acton Scott estate in Shropshire.

This was a time that saw a revolution in British agriculture and the replacement  of  centuries-old crafts and skills lost to industrialised farming. A period that marks the crossroads between old and new.

The team spend a full calendar year rediscovering a lost world of skills, crafts and knowledge assisted by an ever-dwindling band of experts who keep Victorian rural practices alive.

Can they make a success of farming the Victorian way?

Production Information

Broadcaster: BBC Two

TX Date: January 2009

Format: 6 x 60

Website: BBC - Victorian Farm

Executive Producer(s):

David Upshal