Reference MAF 59/41
Title Women's Land Army. Minutes of Committees. Devon County Committee
Government Department Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries
Themes Rationing and Supply, Information Services and Propaganda, Domestic Life
Subthemes Agriculture and food supply, Labour supply and relations, Publicity campaigns and initiatives
Document Types Meeting Minutes, Reports and Surveys, Memoranda
Civil Defence Regions Region 7: South Western (Bristol HQ)
Locations Devon, Exeter, Plymouth, Taunton, Whimple
Organisations British Broadcasting Corporation, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Land Army


A file of documents relating to the meetings of the Devon County Committee of the Women's Land Army (W.L.A.) between 1939 and 1948. Subjects discussed in the file include the administration of the committee, including finances and the appointment of staff; the employment of volunteer girls to replace conscripted men; the process of recruitment, including interviews and registration; vocational training provisions, including classes in tractor driving, milking, potato-picking, and forestry work; the wages of volunteers; and welfare and recreation provisions, including transportation, hostel accommodation, healthcare, holidays, handicraft activities, and parties. Other subjects covered include grants for the payment of landladies; clothing provisions, including uniforms, shoes, armlets, and badges; the provision of petrol rations; emergency arrangements, including plans in the event of invasion; awards for excellence in efficiency tests and competitions; and the promotion of the W.L.A. through publicity campaigns, including magazines, festivals, essays, rallies, and talks.


accommodation, administration, advertising, agricultural equipment, agricultural production, agriculture, air-raid precautions, air-raid wardens, aliens, allowances, bedding, billeting, cattle, children, Christmas, clothing, committee members, communal feeding, conferences, conscription, coupons, dairy, demobilisation, dentists, disease, education, Elizabeth II, emergency procedures, employment, family, farmers, female labour, film, finance, food supplies, forests, fuel, gas, government committees, government departments, grants, harvests, healthcare, holidays, hospitals, hostels, insurance, interviews, Italian nationals, labour supply, land ownership, land usage, livestock, local authorities, marriage, meals, milk, motor vehicles, paper, periodicals, petrol, photography, posters, potatoes, prisoners of war, propaganda, public demonstrations, public health, public morale, publicity, rabbits, radio, radio broadcasts, rationing, recreation, recruitment, resignations, retail, royalty, rural areas, sanitation, schools, taxation, threat of invasion, timber, tractors, transportation, unemployment, uniforms, vegetables, vermin, vocational training, voluntary organisations, volunteers, wages, welfare, wives, working conditions, youths

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