Apr 012018

Here we have three very different types of illustration, featured on the front page of The Land Girl for its April issues. All of them show the figure of a Land Girl, though they take up different amounts of space on the page. R.Morris’s drawing for 1942 depicts the Land Girl looking out over the farming landscape. E.Zierer’s 1944 illustration is more playful, with three Land Girls doodled across the words The Land Girl. The women are in variations of the Land Girl uniform; two in the iconic breeches and the other in dungarees. The uniforms themselves are rather figure hugging, accentuating the women’s waists. The final 1945 drawing by P. Newton is the most detailed of all three, depicting a happy Land Girl jumping for joy as she clutches some daffodils. The drawing presents a somewhat idyllic representation, with flowers growing from the title and lambs bounding about in the foreground. The three drawings signal the start of spring in the pages of the magazine, choosing to draw attention to the landscape and animals.

April 1942 edition of The Land Girl, drawn by R.Morris (WLA number, 44,240) who was previously a carpet designer.

April 1942 edition, drawn by Worcestershire Land Girl R.Morris (WLA number, 44,240) who was previously a carpet designer.


April 1944 edition of The Land Girl, drawn by E. Zierer (WLA number, 30971)

April 1944 edition, drawn by Oxfordshire Land Girl E. Zierer (WLA number, 30971)


April 1945 edition, drawn by Devonshire Land Girl P Newton (WLA number, 104644)

April 1945 edition, drawn by Devonshire Land Girl P. Newton (WLA number, 104644)

Sep 292017

‘Director Fiona Williams’s production is cleverly set in 1943 during the Second World War. The action takes place on a farm where two young women, Fiordiligi and Dorabella, have just completed their Women’s Land Army training. Their fidelity is tested by their soldier lovers, Ferrando and Guglielmo, as they pretend to leave for battle.’ To read more, please click here to read an article by the Henley Standard.

Così Fan Tutte at Fawley Barn

Jul 012016

July Monthly Photo Collage

From left to right, top to bottom:

  • Rita Stokes harvesting the corn with a tractor-driven reaper-binder. Source: Stuart Antrobus

Other activities included:

  • Lambs given worm dose vaccinations and footbaths
  • Shearing
  • Silaging
  • Irrigate potatoes
  • Spray potatoes
  • Vining peas
  • Begin combining cereals
  • Baling and carting straw or straw chopped for incorporation into ground by cultivations


Source: Farm Direct.co.uk

Apr 302014


Margaret UK Women's Land Army Sarsden, Oxfordshire 1943 & 1944, possibly later

Margaret, a Land Girl who worked in the Women’s Land Army
Sarsden, Oxfordshire
1943 & 1944, possibly later
Source: Anne Hughes Diary.co.uk

Hello, along with my two friends I’m trying to solve a mystery surrounding a missing 18thC farming diary that disappeared with an American soldier in WW2. We believe that the land girl working on the farm at the time might be able to help us. We know her name was Margaret and think her surname was Hudson, or a similar sounding name. The farm was Glebe Farm in Sarsden near Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire, and we know Margaret was there between 1943 and 1944. If anyone can confirm her surname, or help us get in touch with Margaret or her family, we’d be most grateful. We’ve posted a photo of Margaret on our research website which also has a ‘contact us’ link at the top of the page.  Here’s the page: http://www.annehughesdiary.co.uk/photo-margaret.html 

Many thanks

Ian Shankland

Anne Hughes Diary Research Team

Mar 202014
 Women's Land Army Recruitment March in Oxfordshire

Recruiting march and presentation to Princess Mary of the Women’s Land Army, Oxford, 1917-1918. The march begins in St Giles with women entering the enrolment hut by the Martyrs’ Memorial. The procession goes down the Cornmarket, through Carfax and into Broad Street. Some of the women are in uniform, and the procession includes a steam tractor. Mr R E Prothero, Minister of Agriculture, leads local city and university officials to Trinity College gardens, where Princess Mary presents awards to the Land Girls. One of the girls shows two baby lambs. The awards continue while the members of the council and the university, one in a Bath chair, watch.Source: IWM 535