Apr 122014
 
Typist into Land Girl Source: D8798, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Typist into Land Girl
Source: D8798, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Iris Joyce leaving her office for an interview at Northamptonshire Institute of Agriculture Source: D8793, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Iris Joyce leaving her office for an interview at Northamptonshire Institute of Agriculture
Source: D8793, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Iris Joyce learns to drive the hay making chariot Source: D8805, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Iris Joyce learns to drive the hay making chariot
Source: D8805, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

19 year old Iris Joyce now handles horses with the same ease that she once handled typewriters Source: Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

19 year old Iris Joyce now handles horses with the same ease that she once handled typewriters
Source: Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

You would have not known her four weeks before. There are press cuttings that mention that girls were weighed when joining the course and leaving it. Source: D8791, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

You would not of known her four weeks before. There are press cuttings that mention that girls were weighed when joining the course and leaving it.
Source: D8791, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

A get together after a day’s training. Versatile Iris Joyce types, farms and also plays. Source: D8333, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

A get together after a day’s training. Versatile Iris Joyce types, farms and also plays.
Source: D8333, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Iris Joyce arrives at her first Farm. You need farm teas when you are working on the Land Source: D8837, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Iris Joyce arrives at her first Farm. You need farm teas when you are working on the Land
Source: D8837, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Four weeks training are over Iris Joyce receives her first weeks pay. Source: D8838, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Four weeks training are over Iris Joyce receives her first weeks pay.
Source: D8838, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Miss Land Girl 1944 Peta Bradford in training at Northamptonshire Institute Of Agriculture Source: D8817, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

Miss Land Girl 1944 Peta Bradford in training at Northamptonshire Institute Of Agriculture
Source: D8817, Northamptonshire Record Office. Courtesy of Dr David Wilson.

These photographs are from an un-catalogued collection at Northamptonshire Record Office. All relate to Moulton College, formerly the Northamptonshire Institute of Agriculture. This selection appear to have been taken by the Ministry of Information. Several appear in Vita Sackvillle-West’s book and are marked as crown copyright. Most of the photos have the same annotation:-

“The Women’s Land Army has developed out of all recognition, every day fresh recruits report for training, typists, shop assistants, clerks change their identity overnight’ with a additional note specific to each picture.

A few pictures without annotation seem to relate to a Pathe news film of a visit to inspect the Girls by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester who lived in the county

Several appear to document the career at the Institute of one girl Iris Joyce.