Food and Diet in WWII

Teachers' notes

This resource looks at food, diet and rationing in WWII through the propaganda issued by the Ministry of Food in past editions of local newspapers. It explores History, PSHCE, Science, Design and Technology and Literacy at Key Stage 2/3.


The resource is intended for teachers and provide copies of original documents alongside ideas for use in the classroom. It has been developed by teachers using collections from the North Yorkshire County Record Office as part of the MLA Yorkshire funded 'Soup for the Soup Kitchen' project.

Local newspapers are a major source for historians researching the 19th and 20th centuries, providing reports on local and national events alongside obituaries and notices of births, marriages and deaths. The North Yorkshire County Record Office and North Yorkshire Libraries hold a large number of historic newspapers from across the county.


Other resources developed by North Yorkshire County Record Office through the 'Soup for the Soup Kitchen' project are available on the MyLearning website under the headings: 'Tea for the Tea House', 'Food Photographs', 'Yorkshire Puddings!', and 'Healthy Eating and the Workhouse'

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