Category: Running the WLA

Land girls staying at St Elmo's WLA Rest House, Torquay, go swimming during their paid holiday. Photo courtesy of the Imperial War Museum.

Running the WLA: Rest Break Houses

In June 1944, the WLA in England and Wales set up two Rest Break Houses. Selected Land Girls enjoyed recuperation through paid holidays at a seaside resort after either long service or illness brought...

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Running the WLA: Land Girl Welfare

Our last post on running the WLA explored the role of The Land Girl in bringing women together across the country. This month’s post places The Land Girl magazine in the wider context of...

the dining room in use at Milton Ernest hutment hostel, Bedfordshire

Running the WLA: YWCA Hostels

While there is a lot of information on hostels run by the WLA, there is much less on hostels run by the YWCA. As one of the purposes of this monthly series is to highlight previously-neglected aspects of the running of the WLA, the YWCA’s involvement seems appropriate to explore.

Lady Denman's message in the April 1940 edition of The Land Girl.

Running the WLA: Lady Denman

This month’s post explores the vital work of Honorary WLA Director Lady Gertrude Denman and the role of the Women’s Institutes (WIs). The WI not only influenced the lives of those running the WLA...

Office staff working at Balcombe Place

Running the WLA: Balcombe Place

2019 marks 80 years since the Women’s Land Army – a civilian organisation run entirely by women – was set up for the Second World War. The 2019 series of monthly posts will focus...