Womens Land Army Uniform

Details

Categories Forces For Change
Theme(s) Historical era,
War and conflict
Collection Clothing and Textiles
Date 1939-1947
Object number 88/44/1-2
  • Description

The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was created in 1915 to help farmers cope with the shortage of male labour as a result of the First World War. It was brought back into action for the Second World War, at first as voluntary service and then as a form of conscription.
Sceptics did not believe that women would be suited to the hard labour involved in farmwork, but the Army of 65,000 Land Girls went on to produce the majority of Britain’s food by 1943, happily proved the critics wrong. One such Land Girl was Doreen Thorp, whose uniform this was while she served with the WLA from 1939-1947.