Welcome to the online home of the 1940s Family, Arthur, Lily, Freddie and Martha Rose!
We love to attend vintage fairs, tea parties, photo shoots, ww2 events or probably any other events you can think of!!
If you would like us to attend yours please email us - the1940sfamily (at) hotmail.co.uk.
If you just want to know where we go and what we get up to, read on ......
Love Lily xxx

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

{Visits} Radstock Museum

During last month we took a little visit to Radstock Museum. Predominany a museum about  Radstock's coal mining and local history,  they had a current exhibition of  'Women at Work' including a large display of wartime jobs etc. It really was most interesting!!

The displays were absolutely gorgeous and unlike alot of other museums there were no 'photography not allowed' signs, so I snapped away so I could share them with you all, maybe we can repay them by visiting soon?

Beautiful satin corsets and Stockings alongside knitting needles and pattern books. The Land Girl Army Displays were particularily poiniant, photos and recounts from local ladies who joined up

Following on the theme, here's a lovely group of flicker photos The Women of WW2


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

{Ministry of Food} WWII Christmas Cake Recipe

Last Sunday was 'Stir-up Sunday' , the day when christmas puddings are traditionally made. We don't all like christmas puddings here so I decided to use the day to pull out an old ww2 recipe for christmas cake and bake that instead.


5 oz margarine
3 oz sugar
1 dessert spoon black treacle
2 eggs (free range for the garden of course!)
8oz plain flour 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp mixed spice 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 lb raisins
1/2 lb chopped dates
2 tsp milk


Mix together margarine, sugar and treacle until creamed.
Beat in eggs one at a time.
Mix together flour, baking powder and spices.
Sift into butter mixture and fold in lightly.
Add in raisins and dates and mix.
Add milk and mix to dropping consistancy.
Pour into a lined tin  ( I used a 7" round tin)
Transfer to oven at 140 deg C and bake for 2 1/2 hours or until cooked

Turn out and cool on a wire rack.


Monday, 14 November 2011

Vintage Tea Party ~ Somewhere Else, Cirencester

Yesterday was the very last  'Lavinia's Vintage Tea Party' of the year. But what a lovely afternoon it was... We were bathed in golden sunlight whilst we waiting to go in!!
Arthur sporting a rather dashing jacket and cravat ensemble.

Period Camera - Honiton Antique Centre

Waiting for the Tea Party to Open!

Steady there Freddie!

Lucky Uncle George and Lady She compered the afternoon and we were entertained by singers and a Burlesque act by Dulcie Demure. Lots of lovely stalls tempted our pockets and we came away with a new dress and Hair Slide for Martha Rose! 

The afternoon ended with a fashion parade of the most finely turned out guests. Freddie and Arthur were picked along with some other fabulous looking guests to take part....

A rather nicely dressed lady called 'Olive' won the best dressed female prize and Freddie and Arthur won for the boys !
I must say he rather looks the part doesn't he!!!?

Hat & Bag- Charity Shop, Dress - Jusy's Vintage Fair, Coat - Pressie from Hubby
This was the only picture of me from yesterday! Taken by Martha Rose with the rest of the family in shadows!!  I didn't feel very glamourous yesterday, My hair wouldnt style properly and my dress / cardi outfit felt frumpy!! It a lovely dress really (you can see it from under my coat) The black sticking out just under the dress is the petticoat I made this week - now that did feel good! I also made the poppy too after all the inspiration on my blog last week!

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Heyday giveaway

Fancy a new dress? Shona is celebrating  400 followers with a Daisy Chain  Fleur Dress giveaway on her blog here.
I love my English Rose version of this dress and get compliments on it wherever I go...

Don't hang around though Competition closes 7th November.

Friday, 4 November 2011

{Future Event} ~ Christmas Leave on the Watercress Line

I know, I know its a little early for me to be talking about christmas, but I just wanted to let you know that the 1940s family will be part of the reenactors at WWII Christmas Leave this holiday season.
I'm so excited it look like such a great couple of days

So instead of heading off to the shops on boxing day with the rest of the masses, why not come and join us being whisked back to the 1940s? 
The promise  of song, dance, steam and seasonal merriment beats queues,parking and leftovers for me, how about you??