Feb 072018
 
Devised by The Lion’s Part
Directed by Andy Naylor and Issy HuckleBased on true accounts.
A revealing, funny, moving portrait of four women who sign up to join the Women’s Land Army during World War II.

9, 10, 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, 31 March, 7.30pm. Tickets £16 (£12 for under 21s)

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Mar 012017
 

Bicycles, which were often used as transport from the girls’ accommodation to the farms were vital, once they got to know their way around the country lanes. Having your own (or a WLA bicycle) gave you freedom of movement in a country area. There were no road signs, so as to not aid the enemy in attack. Dimmed bicycle lamps at night also made it extremely difficult for the girls to find their way around.

“Another time I was biking home for lunch when the cows were being taken for milking. Behind them were some troops from Grange Camp. Not wanting them to see a Land Army girl frightened of cows I rode through them when a tail flicked out and hit me in the face, knocking me off the bike. There I sat, my bike on top of me, a dirty face and the troops laughing.

Mrs. K.A. Scott. [Maiden name unknown]

Source: ‘Bedford on Sunday’ newspaper, 24 April 1977, p5. Courtesy of Stuart Antrobus

Land Girls and Lumber Jills on Bikes

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Unknown land girl at a north Bedfordhsire hostel. Note the makeshift straw-bale garage for the hostel lorry which took land girls out to farms each day. Source: Stuart Antrobus.
  • Black and white copy negative of Jean Johnstone, a member of the Women’s Timber Corps, posing with her bicycle beside Loch Eddy, Peeblesshire, c. 1941 – 1946. Source: National Museums Scotland
  • Unknown Land Girl by her bike. Source: Caro-jon-son (Flickr)
  • Joan Birchall and her WLA colleagues arriving or leaving Hope House, Ipswich. Source: Kara Lynn

 

For more on the history of cycling, please click here to visit Sheila Hanlon’s excellent website.

Jan 172015
 

Women's Land Army Radio Interview DEFRA Tea Party

Charlotte Smith meets some of the Women’s Land Army – Land Girls and Lumber Jills – who kept Britain in food and timber during the Second World War. They were invited to a tea party at the offices of Defra in London. Earlier in the year a memorial was unveiled to the Land Army at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire, following a fund-raising campaign. Produced by Sally Challoner.

Apr 162014
 

Read more Women’s Land Army Poetry in The Archives.

Mar 302014
 
Land workers at Norwich celebrate the harvest.  Source: The Landswoman, November 1918, page 247-248

Article describing the land workers at Norwich celebrate the harvest.
Source: Article (cropped) from The Landswoman, November 1918, page 247-248

Mar 302014
 
Positive reports on Mr Thistleton Smith's Farm Land Girl's working in Norfolk. Source: The Landswoman, page 80.

Positive reports of Land Girls working on Mr Thistleton Smith’s Farm in Norfolk.
Mr Thistleton was seen as a ‘pioneer of woman farm labour in Norfolk.’
Source: The Landswoman, April 1918, page 80.

Mar 302014
 
Photographs of Timber Corps in Norfolk. Source: The Landswoman, February 1918, page 26.

Photos of Timber Workers in Norfolk.
Source: The Landswoman, February 1918, page 26.

Accompanying text on the Timber Corps in Norfolk. Source: Cropped article from The Landswoman, February 1918, p25

Accompanying text on the Timber workers in Norfolk.
Source: Article (cropped) from The Landswoman, February 1918, p25

 

Mar 072014
 

Sandringham Estate, Norfolk: Land Girls Work the Royal Farm

BBC Norfolk Video 13th February 2014