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How Brits learnt to dig for victory

Published: Thursday 22nd of May 2008

Dig for Victory was among the slogans popularised in Britain during the Second World War. A new exhibition at the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms aims to show how the mantra played a pivotal role in helping the nation overcome adversity.

Lifestyle choices, such as recycling and growing vegetables are now among the ways in which households can play their part in tackling climate change. Threatened with invasion, however, they became vital ways in which ordinary Britons kept themselves fed when imported food and other good became scarce.

The exhibition, Dig for Victory: War on Waste, opens at Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms and runs throughout the summer.

In addition to a working allotment, the exhibition looks at various ways in which the ingenuity of the wartime generation can inspire us now in areas such as gardening, recycling, wildlife preservation and healthy eating.

Visitors can access the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms for free with a London Pass.

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