Beekeeping and honey picnics in the 1920s

Happy Winnie the Pooh Day!

Wednesday 18 January 2017 marks an incredible 135 years since Pooh’s creator, A. A. Milne, was born in London. This is an anniversary we just couldn’t bear to miss!

Our Film of the Month takes us back to 1928, in what might be the earliest instructional film for apiarists.

Digitised as part of the BFI’s Unlocking Film Heritage project for Britain on Film, the film promotes a laid-back (and rather careless) approach to beekeeping that is unlikely to reflect current best practice. All ends well however, and the beekeeper is rewarded for her hard work with a honey-flavoured picnic for friends and family.

If urban bee-keeping isn’t quite your cup of tea, perhaps you’re interested in what the people of London got up to half a century ago. The films in this month’s gallery, Joan Littlewood – The need for Fun Palaces, look at a range of Londoners’ leisure activities in the 1960s, from drag acts to model planes.

For all Pooh fans as well as novice apiarists, make sure there’s at least a smackerel of honey on the menu today, and leave your favourite honey-inspired recipe in the comments below.


Amateur Bee-Keeping

Watch Amateur Bee-Keeping (1928, BFI National Archive)

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