Market Lavington Museum

A National Dried Milk tin


From the beginning of the second world war, the Ministry of Food was involved with food rationing. Fresh milk was limited to three pints per person per week and a tin of dried Household Milk powder was available to each person once a month. However, this was not suitable for babies and National Dried Milk, made from full cream milk, was made for them. Research suggests that vitamin D was added to this from 1944.

The milk tin in Market Lavington Museum’s collection states that it contains vitamin D, but we do not have an accurate date for it as this product was only discontinued in 1976.