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Post by Robin Wood on 13th November 2010, 12:40 am

Did anyone else watch Edwardian farm? I really enjoy these series, within the constraints of modern TV I think they do a good job of presenting an interesting mix of crafts, farming and domestic practices.

Alex Langlands is patron of the Heritage Crafts Association and will be talking about his experiences on Edwardian Farm at the V&A conference in March. More background info on some of the crafts on the traditional crafts blog http://traditionalcraftsblog.blogspot.com/2010/11/traditional-crafts-on-bbc-edwardian.html

and if you missed it you can watch on iplayer http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00vys20/Edwardian_Farm_Episode_1/

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Post by polgara on 13th November 2010, 8:23 am

Oh yes, I watch them, most definately. As you say allowing for the fact that it is TV & entertainment it surely can whet peoples appitite for learning more.
I am sure that it does make people more aware of what went on in those days & also perhaps awaken an interest now.

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Post by Compostwoman on 13th November 2010, 9:16 am

I think, if nothing else, they make people more aware of how blomin hard the people in the past had to work!

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Post by Adrian on 13th November 2010, 11:40 am

I have it downloading from UkNova as we speak - will watch tonight.

Hopefully it will be better than the Turn Back Time monstrosity - why does everything have to be reality tv?

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Post by Aberlemno on 14th November 2010, 12:41 pm

It's FAR FAR BETTER Badger. The Turn Back Time prog. is trying to marry present with past and failing . . .

I've just written about the Edwardian/Victorian farm progs on my blog. How I would LOVE to take part (though not with a corset, please!)

Robin Wood - just off to check out the link. One of my grouses is how difficult it is to take courses of this nature locally. I want to learn basketmaking - I have had a one day course about 18 months ago and want to learn more. I have found a course in January, but it's near Cardiff (about 160 mile round trip I think). There was a local basketry course for Christmas decorations at the Botanic Gardens, but I want the basket-making techniques. I guess I will have to keep looking in surrounding counties or take myself up to Acton Scott which is even further.

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Post by budburst12 on 7th December 2010, 7:25 pm

Have just started watching this on the iplayer. Lovely to see the gang at it again (after having watched Victorian Farm and really enjoyed it). So nice to see three people so obviously enjoying what they're doing. Look forward to seeing some more of it.

Aberlemno - you mention coming up to Acton Scott for basketry courses - if Shropshire is your closest place, check out Ted Bruce. He makes absolutely beautiful baskets, almost sculptural in shape lots of them. And he teaches too. http://www.shropshireguild.co.uk/designers/ted-bruce
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Post by Compostwoman on 7th December 2010, 8:06 pm

Abs, also check out Jenny PearceJenny Pearce

She is fab and I have done a weekend course with her (held at Canon Frome Court.)

You could stay here overnight, if you like Very Happy it is only a couple of miles up the road from me!

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