My Farming Life


Jackie Holcroft


In 2010, WRCC produced “My Farming Life”, documenting the memories of farming families in North Warwickshire since the 1930s. We interviewed local farmers to find out about their daily life and the changes which they had experienced during their lifetime.

To celebrate our 80th anniversary year, we will be relaunching this fascinating project online, including recorded interviews about:

  • childhood days and helping out on the farm
  • working lives and handing over the farm on retirement
  • memories from wartime and its effect on everyday life
  • people such as the family doctor and the farm vet
  • fields that made way for mining, new farm machinery and motorways

Many of the interviews are accompanied by images from the families’ lives, creating a special collection which captures a farming history that has changed forever.

The image reproduced here came from Derek Dixon, who was born in Sutton Coldfield in November 1931, and who worked at nearby Chase Farm for over 50 years. The farm was mainly dairy until 1963 and he remembers his wife coming to help with milking the 24 cows, while the baby watched from the pram at the end of the shed!

We’re planning to relaunch “My Farming Life” online in June so keep an eye on our blog and social media posts – and we’ll update you in our newsletter too. If you have any photographs or memories you’d like to share about WRCC and our involvement with farming communities, please email Jackie or call her on 01789 842182.