War Utility Exhibition, 1940

We are featuring the booklet for the War Utility Exhibition as this seemed appropriate for Remembrance Day. It also ties in with our current sustainability aims as the Utility Exhibition encouraged people to grow their own food with two model war-time gardens. Bee-keeping, use of waste, keeping chickens were all encouraged.

As is noted in the Zoological Society report from 1940 “Its primary aim was to demonstrate in a practical way the war time policy of the Ministries of Agriculture and of Food, with regard to food-production by the ordinary householder, and the utilization of refuse and substitute foods”

                                                                                 Image of man standing by bee hive; bees spelling out 'bees'

 

The exhibition contained two model gardens, which showed how to set up a poultry house at various price points to suit everyone’s needs. They also showed people how to keep pigs, bees, goats and rabbits. There were experts on hand for people to consult with any questions, as well as a letter box where they could post any questions that they might have and get a response. There was also a discount on admission for poultry or pig clubs, and allotment associations!

The booklet notes that an allotment sized ten rod plot could provide sufficient vegetables for a small family for most of a year. The idea with the ten rod allotment model was that it was not expensive or elaborate, but something close to the size that could be found all over the country and would show that “…thousands of others could be brought into cultivation quite inexpensively and thus augment the nation’s food supply”

                                                                          Advert for Ryder's seeds

 

To find out more and read the complete booklet use this link

Previous blogs remembering the First and Second World Wars have been featured each November.

The Archives of ZSL are based in the Library of ZSL and date from the formation in 1826 to the present day. We hold photographs, objects, and papers relating to the history of ZSL and people connected with it. 

Find out more about ZSL Archives or explore our collections using our online catalogue.


 

If you are a ZSL Fellow or Member please do also visit the ZSL Library. Others are also very welcome but please do bring photographic ID and proof of address when you visit, see the ZSL Library Collection for details. ZSL Fellows may borrow post-1940 books from the ZSL Library.

ZSL Library is open weekdays 9.30am to 5.30pm but is closed on bank holidays and will be closed for Christmas Holidays. ZSL Library will close on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

Do try to come along to our Book sale in ZSL Library at 4pm Tuesday 13 December - give unwanted books a new home and pick up a bargain! A book sale of duplicate and out of scope books. Please be ‘green’ and help to rehome and reuse these books. Also please bring your own bags for your book purchases. We accept cash, cheque and VISA Debit cards, Visa Credit cards and Mastercard for purchases of £5 and above.

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