Reference MAF 59/44
Title Women's Land Army. Minutes of Committees. Durham 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 1: Northern (Newcastle HQ)
Locations Durham
Organisations National Farmers' Union, Women's Land Army


A file of documents relating to the meetings of the Durham Women's Land Army (W.L.A.) County Committee between 1939 and 1946. Subjects discussed include the administration of the committee, including the appointment of staff; the recruitment process for volunteer girls, including registration and interviews; vocational training provisions, including instruction and proficiency tests in tractor driving and milking; the wages of volunteers; the employment conditions of volunteers, including working hours; expense claims by the W.L.A.; clothing provisions, including uniforms; the difficult behaviour of some volunteers and the need for discipline; petrol ration provisions; and the promotion of the W.L.A. through publicity campaigns, including rallies, festivals, and publications. Other subjects covered include activities for Farm Week and Salute the Soldier Week; the post-war arrangements for celebrations and the demobilisation of volunteers; and welfare provisions, including holidays, parties, the Benevolent Fund, billeting in hostels and rest-break houses, and the provision of books and handicraft activities such as toymaking.


accommodation, administration, agricultural equipment, agricultural production, agriculture, allowances, bicycles, billeting, books, bread, cattle, charity, children, Christmas, cinemas, clothing, colleges, committee members, communal feeding, conferences, coupons, dairy, demobilisation, discipline, disease, distribution, domestic work, education, employment, entertainment, family, farmers, female labour, film, finance, food supplies, fuel, government committees, grants, harvests, healthcare, holidays, hospitals, hostels, housing, infants, interviews, labour supply, land usage, libraries, livestock, local authorities, maternity, milk, mothers, motor vehicles, newspapers, nurses, parents, part-time employment, periodicals, petrol, poultry, propaganda, public health, public morale, publicity, rationing, recreation, recruitment, regional newspapers, religious buildings, resignations, royalty, rubber, rural areas, sanitation, schools, soldiers, statistics, timber, tractors, transportation, tuberculosis, uniforms, vocational training, voluntary organisations, volunteers, wages, welfare, working conditions, working hours, youths

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