Former Institute students revisit the past on the Edwardian Farm

16 November 2010

Alex and Peter on the Edwardian Farm (Photo courtesy of Lion Television ©)

Former Institute students Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn have been re-living the day-to-day life of the Edwardian farmer for a new series, currently being broadcast by the BBC.

In 'Edwardian Farm' Alex and Peter and historian Ruth Goodman attempt to bring Morwellham Quay in Devon, once home to one of the busiest ports in Britain, back to life as it was in its Edwardian heyday. They set up home in one of the cottages, prepare for the arrival of their first livestock, plant crops and also branch out into new ventures like market gardening and all-year-round egg production.

Peter Ginn (Photo courtesy of Lion Television ©)

Alex (MA Archaeology, 2001; BA Medieval Archaeology, 1998) and Peter (BA Egyptian Archaeology, 2000) have also featured in the series 'Victorian Farm' and 'Victorian Farm Christmas' broadcast by the BBC in 2009. This historical observational documentary series followed the team who lived the life of Victorian farmers for a year on the Acton Scott estate in Shropshire.

Alex Langlands (Photo courtesy of Lion Television ©)

Alex and Peter also participated in the 2005 series 'Tales from the Green Valley' which explored life on a British farm in the 17th century and which was the winner of a prestigious Learning on Screen Award 2006 given by the British Universities Film & Video Council.