The British Women’s Land Army was first set up in January 1917 for World War One.
It was re-formed in June 1939, in preparation for World War Two. Over 200,000 Land Girls worked in the WLA from June 1939 until November 1950.
Women, known as Land Girls, replaced male farm workers who fought in the war. Coming from all backgrounds, Land Girls were critical to increasing the country’s food supply.
This website, run by Cherish Watton, explores the history of the Women’s Land Army, using first hand testimony, photos, journals, letters, and more.
Winner of the inaugural Royal Historical Society
Undergraduate Public History Prize.
As a historian, I enjoy this website that helps to preserve the wartime memories of women who fought in the fields.
Congratulations on your 5th anniversary as creator and editor of the Women’s Land Army website, which has established itself as the first point of call for those interested in the British Women’s Land Army – whether as historians, relatives of former Land Girls and Lumber Jills, or those who just have an interest in the role of women in Britain during the two world wars.
As a teacher who provides hands-on history workshops in primary schools, this website has been invaluable in my research and understanding of the Women’s Land Army during WW2. The wealth of resources that Cherish has compiled in this website and given us permission to use, have contributed towards our workshop, “Feeding the Nation,” which hopes to bring to life the role of the WLA for primary children. First-hand accounts, photographs, documents, news articles and propaganda are all excellent sources to help children to broaden their understanding of how we glean evidence of the past and the depth and range of material on this website relating to the WLA is unrivalled.
I must thank you for the help the information on your website has given me! I’m currently studying GCSE History and our controlled assessment task is about social attitudes on the home front. Your website was very beneficial when looking for information on the Women’s Land Army – I will be recommending it to my fellow students and teacher for them to use!
Loved the website, full of treasures, such a treat to find!
I’m glad that your website is available to researchers. It helped confirm to our family that the uniform Isabel was wearing was indeed a WLA one. Websites like yours go a long way to memorializing and championing women’s work which is so often overlooked, underreported, and undervalued, no matter what century we are in.