Farming Electrified

Why, hello there again. Welcome back to Farming Unearthed!

Talk about about a hiatus – I haven’t blogged for something like three months.

But there are good reasons for this, not least the penultimate stages of my DPhil project which, just to remind you, is entitled “Agricultural Development in Mid Saxon England”. I’ve long since submitted, have now been examined, and I’m currently waiting/hoping for the final approval of my minor corrections. Fingers crossed.

Besides this, I’ve also been involved with a rather different project: assisting in the digitization of the massive archive of Southern Electric – now part of SSE, the British energy company. Now, you would be forgiven for thinking that this has absolutely nothing to do with Farming Unearthed.

But, in fact, there is a link.

Just pop over to the SSE Heritage website and try entering some farm-related search terms. I’d particularly recommend trying “agricultural” and “plucking machine”.

It’s certainly a far cry from my usual territory of mouldboard ploughs and the like, but a fascinating field all the same, and one that I’d be tempted to revisit in the future.

MJM.