Edwardian Great War

Bringing History to Life

Forget Downton Abbey, against the backdrop of our turn of the 20th-century cottage kitchen, we can be seen preparing for a “Votes for Women” campaign march.  Tastes Of History’s display aims to bring the suffrage movement to life, to reveal the differences between suffragists and suffragettes, and to discover whether The Representation of the People Act 1918 was the goal these brave women sought.

Set during The Great War of 1914 to 1918, we explain the measures for Britain’s defence.  These are most popularly associated with World War 2, but were actually introduced during The First World War.  We also explore the social changes as men and women adjust to life after the Armistice.

And not forgetting food, rationing was introduced in Britain in early 1918 as follows:



Oatmeal & Rice:

Butter & Margarine:










Coffee & Cocoa:

7 lb per head per week for male manual workers;

4 lb per head per week for women.

to be used with care.

4 oz weekly for an adult or child (total fats = ½ lb per week.

to be used with care.

no restrictions.

2 lb, including bacon, ham, sausage, game, rabbits, poultry & tinned meat.

no restrictions.

use freely.

use freely, however, the price was not controlled by the government so prices soared leaving people with far fewer fruits and vegetables in their diets. 

use freely (but see above).

½ lb weekly for an adult or child.

to be used with care.

use freely (and in preference to tea)

Guided by the ration, we recreate recipes from the period for visitors to sample (if they so choose).