Reference MAF 59/47
Title Women's Land Army. Minutes of Committees. Essex 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 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Colchester, Dagenham, Essex, Southend-on-Sea
Organisations National Farmers' Union, Red Cross, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Land Army, Women's Voluntary Service


A file of documents relating to the meetings of the Essex Women's Land Army (W.L.A.) County Committee between 1939 and 1942. Subjects discussed in the file include the administration of the committee, including staff appointments and resignations; the recruitment process for volunteer girls, including interviews and medical checks; the promotion of the W.L.A. through publicity campaigns, including rallies at an agricultural show, hospital volunteering, fetes, films, and advertising; and vocational training provisions, including classes and lectures for tractor-driving, milking, poultry-keeping, thatching, and forestry work. Other subjects covered include the working conditions of volunteers, including wages, working hours, and holidays; clothing provisions, including uniforms, haversacks, and ties; visits to a sugar beet factory and a mushroom farm; the provision of rationed food, including sugar for preserves; air-raid precaution arrangements; and logistics and welfare, including the provision of accommodation, transportation, sanitation facilities, and medical treatment for sickness and injury.


accommodation, administration, advertising, agricultural equipment, agricultural production, agriculture, air-raid precautions, air-raid shelters, allowances, amenities, beets, bicycles, billeting, books, cattle, cheese, children, chocolate, Christmas, civilian casualties, clothing, colleges, committee members, communal feeding, communications, conferences, conscription, construction, coupons, dairy, disease, distribution, education, emergency procedures, employment, factories, family, farmers, female labour, film, finance, fire prevention, food processing, food supplies, forests, fruit, fuel, furnishings, gas masks, government committees, government departments, grants, harvests, healthcare, heating, holidays, hospitals, hostels, housing, industrial production, industry, infrastructure, interviews, labour supply, land usage, libraries, livestock, local authorities, meals, milk, motor vehicles, mushrooms, national health insurance, newspapers, office workers, part-time employment, periodicals, petrol, photography, postal communications, poultry, preserves, propaganda, public health, public transport, publicity, radio, radio broadcasts, railways, rationing, recreation, recruitment, regional newspapers, requisitioning, resignations, royalty, rural areas, sanitation, statistics, sugar, surveys, timber, tractors, transportation, unemployment, uniforms, vermin, vocational training, voluntary organisations, volunteers, wages, welfare, wives, working conditions, working hours, youths

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