Reference MAF 59/7
Title Women's Land Army. Second World War. Correspondence and papers. Organisation up to the outbreak of war
Former Department Reference SL. 58123A
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Rationing and Supply, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Labour supply and relations, Pre-war planning, Agriculture and food supply
Document Types Official Correspondence, Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations London
Organisations Man Power (Policy) Sub-Committee, National Farmers' Union, National Federation of Women's Institutes, Territorial Army, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Farm and Garden Association, Women's Land Army, Women's Voluntary Service


A file containing documents relating to the pre-war arrangements for the Women's Land Army. Documents in the file include correspondence on a variety of topics relating to the Women's Land Army; memoranda providing information on and suggesting policy for the service; and notes for a meeting between a government minister and Lady Denman, the director of the Women's Land Army. Topics covered in the documents include the financing of publicity and propaganda; the interviewing and selection of volunteers; the establishment of local committees for recruitment; and the peacetime training for volunteers. Other topics covered include the provision of uniforms and badges; the provision of accommodation for volunteers; and a proposal to establish a subsidiary branch of government to deal with the employment of women on the land.


accommodation, agricultural equipment, agricultural production, agricultural workers, agriculture, billeting, clothing, conscription, drivers, evacuation, female labour, finance, fuel, government committees, government departments, holidays, hostels, insurance, labour shortages, labour supply, land usage, local authorities, petrol, posters, pre-war planning, propaganda, publications, publicity, recruitment, reserved occupations, tractors, transportation, uniforms, vocational training, volunteers, women's auxiliary services

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