As the Transport Records Specialist I’m always on the lookout for unusual transport-related documents in our collections. I recently came across a couple which I thought were amusing.
During the Second World War the public were encouraged to supplement meagre food rations by, among other things, keeping pigs. The Small Pig Keeper’s Council (SPKC) was the national governing body responsible for promoting the keeping of pigs, providing advice and guidance, and supporting the setting up of Pig Clubs around England and Wales.
Pig Clubs were groups of between four and 25 individuals who came together to raise pigs. They provided household food waste for the pigs to eat, cleaned the sties, and ultimately shared in the meat produced. Half of the pigs raised would also be handed over to the Ministry of Food.
After the war, with food still in short supply and the cost of living increasing, the SPKC wrote to the British Transport Commission in 1949 with the suggestion that the Railway Executive might like to support the introduction of Pig Clubs for Railway Workers (AN 174/378). Continue reading »