Has anyone been watching this series? They've taken a group of current day schoolkids (all pretty middle class, by the looks of them) and put them through mock lessons from Victorian times up to the current day. There were some surprising things - for instance, in late Victorian times, boys and girls were taught in mixed classes, and taught the same subjects. Then in the early 1900s, they decided girls shouldn't be learning science, and segregated the schools.
Anyway, the episode I watched on catch up tonight was the interwar period. One interesting fact is that at the outbreak of WWII, we imported 75% of our food.