Dig for Victory! New histories of wartime gardening in Britain

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Prompted by the curious fact that both progressive environmentalists and Conservative Party politicians have recently drawn on popular understandings of austerity associated with Britain?s wartime domestic gardening campaign, this article broadens the range of histories associated with Dig for Victory. It suggests firstly that far from simply encouraging self-sufficiency, the government conceptualised Dig for Victory as requiring the extension of order and control into the domestic sphere. Second, it shows how the ideal figure of a national citizen digging for victory elided differentiated gender and class experiences of gardening, and finally the article demonstrates that statistics of food production were more about fostering trust than picturing the realities of vegetable growing. By so doing the paper illuminates the particular ways in which present-day articulations of Dig for Victory?s history are partial and selective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)294-305
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Historical Geography
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2012


  • Gardening
  • Austerity
  • Domestic
  • Home Front
  • Britain
  • Dig for Victory


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