Women’s Land Army

Muck-spreading, rat-gassing, carrot-pulling – all in a day’s work for a land girl! You probably know the land girls as plucky young women who rolled up their sleeves and kept Britain’s farms running during the Second World War.

In this episode, we’re digging deeper into the history of the Women’s Land Army using unique collections at The National Archives. Discover fascinating stories of everyday bravery and the no-nonsense women who were enlisted in what the Ministry of Information called the ‘Battle for Bread’. Hosting this episode is Vicky Iglikowski-Broad, a Principal Records Specialist in Diverse Histories, and she is joined by specialists Cherish Watton, Chloe Lee and Katherine Howells.

Download the full episode transcript here.

Documents from The National Archives used in this episode: MAF 421, INF 3/108, MAF 59/21-22

For more information about the records covered in this episode, look at our research guide to Women’s Land Army. For help navigating our catalogue, you can watch our top-level tips on using Discovery.

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