Reference MAF 59/20
Title Women's Land Army. Second World War. Correspondence and papers. Wartime organisation.
Former Department Reference SL. 64013
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Rationing and Supply, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Agriculture and food supply, Central and local government, Labour supply and relations
Document Types Memoranda, Official Correspondence, Meeting Minutes
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Locations Anglesey, Bangor, Breconshire, Buckinghamshire, Caernarvonshire, Cambridgeshire, Cardiganshire, Carmarthenshire, Denbighshire, East Suffolk, Ely, Flintshire, Glamorganshire, Hampshire, Huntingdonshire, Kent, Kesteven, London, Merionethshire, Middlesex, Montgomeryshire, Netherlands, Norfolk, Pembrokeshire, Radnorshire, West Suffolk, Westmorland, Wiltshire, Worcestershire
Organisations Auxiliary Territorial Service, British Broadcasting Corporation, British Trades Union Congress, Entertainments National Service Association, Forestry Commission, National Farmers' Union, Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Auxiliary Air Force, Women's Institute, Women's Land Army, Women's Royal Naval Service, Young Women's Christian Association


A file containing documents relating to the organisation and running of the Women's Land Army, at both central and county levels. Documents in the file include correspondence discussing policy, including letters from county officials; memoranda dealing with particular issues; and notes on meetings attended by Women's Land Army officials. Topics covered in the documents include issues with labour supplies; the details of a number of county offices, including staffing, training facilities, and connected regional offices; the accommodation of recruits after training; the rates of minimum wages for volunteers; and the methods of recruitment to aid the expansion of the Women's Land Army. Other topics covered include the establishment of the Women's Land Army as a separate unit within the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries; a suggestion to appoint a committee to enquire into the organisation's structure; the aftermath of the resignation of Lady Denman, the organisation's chairman; and the organisation's future after the war.


accommodation, administration, agricultural production, agricultural workers, agriculture, clothing, employment, family, female labour, finance, food supplies, government committees, government structure, holidays, hostels, Italian nationals, labour supply, local authorities, marriage, military discharge, minimum wage, post-war planning, printing, prisoners of war, propaganda, publications, radio broadcasts, recruitment, reserved occupations, resignations, skilled labour, statistics, students, transportation, unemployment, uniforms, universities, unskilled labour, vocational training, volunteers, wages, wastage, welfare, winter

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