One way of preventing Land Girls from feeling isolated, was the publication of a magazine, entitled ‘The Land Girl’ which first went on sale 1st April 1940 for the cost of 4d. It was to begin as an unofficial Women’s Land Army publication. However, when the Ministry of Agriculture realised its’ popularity (selling around 21,000 a week!), the ministry funded its production. The magazine tried to unite Land Girls throughout the country, although not all Land Girls received the magazine. According to Kramer, pp.106, ‘The magazine included photographs, knitting patterns, recipes, humorous pieces, short stories and competitions….’
Local Women’s Land Army news sheets were also distributed, carrying county news on the work of Land Girls within an area. A ‘Women’s Land Army Handbook’ was also published on 25th September 1944 which gave girls a basic outline of typical issues which they would face and gave them practical advice on how to deal with them (Twinch, 1990). Only a minority of Land Girls would have read this.
Click here to see a front page extract of ‘The Land Girl’ from April 1943 on the National Archives website.