Reference MAF 59/48
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
Civil Defence Regions Region 4: Eastern (Cambridge HQ)
Locations Essex
Organisations General Post Office, National Farmers' Union, Red Cross, War Agricultural Executive Committees, Women's Land Army


A file of documents relating to the meetings of the Essex Women's Land Army (W.L.A.) County Committee between 1942 and 1948. Subjects discussed in the file include the administration of the committee, including staff appointments and resignations; the recruitment process for volunteer girls; the maintenance of hostel gardens; vocational training provisions, including a leadership course; the provision of proficiency tests, including milking competitions; and the promotion of the W.L.A. through publicity and fundraising campaigns, including rallies, exhibitions, flower stalls, newsletters, posters, and magazines. Other subjects covered include the application of the National Milk Recording Scheme; the working conditions of volunteers, including wages, sick pay, working hours, and holidays; the provision of harvest camps; clothing provisions; court cases concerning alleged offences committed by volunteers; the post-war demobilisation of volunteers; and welfare and entertainment provisions, including hostel accommodation, clubs, beauty demonstrations, rations, thermos flasks, and canteens.


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