Reading Ruth Goodman’s “How to Be a Victorian”

Reading Ruth Goodman’s “How to Be a Victorian”

Ruth Goodman is one of my favourite historians. I’ve watched several of her shows and have seen her as a guest on other history programs, and am always impressed by how she tries to live as period-authentic as she can during a project. I don’t have that much commitment to anything! I’ve recently finished her book How to be a Victorian, which I was very excited about. If you’ve read this blog before you’ll know that my favourite part of history are the smaller, everyday moments… (READ MORE)

Exercise for women in the 1910s

Exercise for women in the 1910s

Between my recent Instagram post about Gibson girls and revisiting a favourite article detailing how the ideal woman’s body has changed over the past hundred years, I’ve had the 1910s on the brain a little bit. I’d remembered an episode of Edwardian Farm where Ruth and her daughter were demonstrating the calisthenic exercises that became popular for women during the late 19th century, so I thought I’d investigate other exercises that were suggested for women at the beginning of the 20th. Margaret Mixter offers many exercises… (READ MORE)

Watching: Secrets of the Castle

I’ve been enjoying Secrets of the Castle on TVO, from most of the same team who did Victorian Farm and Wartime Farm: Secrets of the Castle: Domestic historian, Ruth Goodman, and archaeologists Peter Ginn and Tom Pinfold take on, perhaps, their most ambitious foray in to the past, as they head to France to build a genuine medieval castle. The build has been underway since 1997 and now is the perfect time for our three intrepid history adventurers to join this magnificent construction where they… (READ MORE)