The Next Phase of Development
I have recently received funding from The Duveen Trust, with the support of the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, to develop my website further. This specifically focuses around documenting the legacy of the Women’s Land Army by providing a system for individuals or communities to submit information on World War Two Land Girls, such as their names, periods of service, working location/s and photos. This is then stored in a central location and displayed on a map to provide a national picture of Land Girl distribution across the country.
My Future Research
In October 2014, I commence reading History at Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge. I am looking forward to applying my newly developing historical skills and approaches to my research into the Women’s Land Army. I would be particularly interested in exploring the longer term impact of the Women’s Land Army on women’s lives – how many women stayed on the land after the war and what motivated them to continue working? What was life like after the war for these women? Did they feel empowered after being able to carry out vital work previously carried out by men? How did this impact their life? Did their work have an impact on women’s position in society? Furthermore, I would like to delve deeper into the work and impact of the Women’s Land Army during World War One.
Written by Cherish Watton, Website Editor and Historian, October 2013.
Updated in April 2014.