‘The land army fights in the fields. It is in the fields of Britain that the most critical battle of the present war may well be fought and won’.
This quotation from Lady Denman, the Director of the Women’s Land Army sums up the importance of the Land Girls during World War Two. For many girls, the ‘phoney war’ was all too soon becoming a reality as they had the opportunity to do ‘their bit’ and enrol for the Women’s Land Army.
This website provides extensive information on all different aspects of the lives and experiences of Land Girls. These are separated into different categories in the navigation bar above.
If you have any comments, questions or anything to add this site, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To see the photos from the opening of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming 'Feeding The Nation' Exhibition, then please click here.
"One Female Farmer - a unique story".
Margaret Wilkinson wanted to be a farmer even at the age of 3 - now retired she tells us about her dream come true. In the 1960's she was one of very few women who trained as a farmer, she went on to run an arable farm near York, become the first woman president of her regional Farmers Union and now, although retired is an adviser to Askham Bryan College.
Saturday 20th April at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, Murton, York
1.30 - 3.30pm
£4.50 including refreshments
Lorraine Bond has sent five photographs for use in the web site's photographic archive, and she wonders if anyone can throw any light on them. Does anyone recognise the people or the scenes? Click here to see the photos.
‘In the Forefront of the Battle…’: Talk about the contribution of the WLA to Wartime Farming’, Dr Nicola Verdon, Sheffield Hallam University. She will also consider social attitudes towards women working on the land from the Victorians through to the end of the 1940s. Dorothy Taylor, of the WLA will share her memories and experiences.
Saturday 23rd February 1:30 - 3:30 pm. £4.50 inc. Afternoon Tea.Yorkshire Museum of Farming. More information available from here.
Remembering all those fallen heroes who have done their part for the country we live in today and made the ultimate sacrifice for you and I. We will always remember them.
'A Woman's Work is Never Done': Talk about women on the farm in WWII by Dr Karen Sayer, Professor of Social and Cultural History as seen on the BBC 'Wartime Farm'. The talk takes place at the Yorkshire Museum of Farming on Wednesday December 5th 1:30 - 3:30 pm. £3 incl. Afternoon Tea. More information available here.
I have written a short synopsis / review of Vita Sackville-West's book 'Women's Land Army'. Click here to read the review.
My letter on the Women's Land Army (with Dr David Wilson) was published in the
September 2012 edition of BBC History magazine
Archives: If you have any stories or images which you would like to add to the emerging 'Archives' section on this site, please e-mail me: email@example.com
New copies of the Landswomen Magazine (what Land Girls read in WW1) added to the site under the 'Archives' section.
A tractor proficiency test letter has been added under the 'Farmwork' section.
The official Women's Land Army song added under the 'Lifestyle' section.
I recently was interviewed by Katie Martin on BBC Radio Solent. Click here to listen to the interivew.
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