Land Girls: the History of the Women’s Land Army
The Women’s Land Army (WLA) was founded in 1917 to help farmers cope with the shortage of male labour that resulted from the First World War, by recruiting women to work the land. Its members were affectionately known as the Land Girls.
Sceptics did not believe that women would be suited to the hard labour that farm work required. But the Land Girls played a critical role in supporting the country’s food production during the First World War. The organisation was re-established in the Second World War, and by 1943 its members produced the vast majority of Britain’s wartime food, happily proving their critics wrong.
This online exhibition, created in 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe, looks at the history of the Women’s Land Army and the vital role the Land Girls played in growing food and sustaining agriculture across the country.