Victorian Farm and Edwardian Farm
These two are hugely popular historical documentary TV series from the BBC. Ruth Goodman is a British historian focused on domestic life. Alex Langlands and Peter Ginn are both archeologists.
If we want to be successful in building 21st century neo-subsistence, we should first try to understand how life used to be. And a good place to start is rural life in the 19th and early 20th century. We can then try to sort out:
- what worked then... how and why
- what we can add today (advances in scientific and technical knowledge, communications tech, cultural changes (=mindset), etc.)
- and what may work in the future.
Victorian Farm (2009)
Filmed in Shropshire, England: start here 1/36: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msw6jWhJocw
Edwardian Farm (2010)
Filmed in Devon: start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H10TJT87BaU
Victorian Pharmacy (2010)
also Filmed in Shropshire, England: start here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoF5vCZcS6U
(Youtube links are functioning as of 17 Jan 2011)