Reference MAF 59/6
Title Women's Land Army. Second World War. Correspondence and papers. Enrolment of Volunteers
Former Department Reference SL. 58049B
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Rationing and Supply, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Labour supply and relations, Agriculture and food supply, Post-war planning
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda, Letters and Statements from the Public
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Cambridge, Devon, Dorset, Ely, Lincolnshire, London, Middlesex, Norfolk, Somerset, Staffordshire, Torquay, West Riding of Yorkshire, Yorkshire
Organisations Agricultural Executive Committees, National Farmers' Union, Royal Air Force, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, Women's Land Army


A file containing documents relating to the recruitment and membership of women in the Women's Land Army, during and after the end of the war. Documents in the file include correspondence and notes on meetings dealing with issues relating to the Women's Land Army; and letters from the public asking about the future of the Women's Land Army. Topics covered in the documents include the use of prisoners of war and Irish nationals in agriculture; members of the Women's Land Army who wish to train to be teachers; and the return of men to agriculture after the war. Other topics discussed include the minimum age of recruitment; a query about a group of Polish women volunteering; difficulties in recruitment for the service; the process for the interviewing of volunteers; the reinstatement of former members of the Women's Land Army; and the problem of young people volunteering and soon quitting.


accommodation, agricultural production, agricultural workers, agriculture, aliens, cars, clothing, coal, colleges, dairy, doctors, domestic equipment, education, employment, female labour, German nationals, healthcare, holidays, hostels, industrial areas, industry, Irish nationals, Italian nationals, labour supply, midwives, mining, motor vehicles, nurses, Polish nationals, post-war planning, prisoners of war, publications, recruitment, reserved occupations, statistics, teachers, transportation, uniforms, universities, vocational training, volunteers, wages, women's auxiliary services, youths

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