I am glad you enjoyed the post on our Wartime housewife Olive's busy day. Next in my mini-series of posts of images from the Imperial War Museums, is about the Women's Land Army during WWII. The photographs as before were taken by the ministry of information to aid recruiting and boost morale, and this is the story of Iris Joyce and how she became a Land Girl.
|Iris Joyce talks with a recruiting officer as she enrols in the Women's Land Army.|
24 year old Anne Keys reverses a tractor out of a shed during her training at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture. She is checking over her shoulder to make sure that all is well as she parks. Before the war, Anne was assistant forewoman in a boot and shoe factory.
|27 year old Dorothy Lacey was a waitress before volunteering for the Land Army. She had been bombed out in Bristol and in Bath before training here at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture. Here we see her preparing to feed the chickens, pushing a wheelbarrow full of seed towards the chicken huts.|
Members of the Women's Land Army put the finishing touches to a large haystack as part of their training at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture. They are removing the pieces of corrugated iron which form the ventilation framework for the stack.
Sylvia Smith was a shorthand typist before beginning her Land Army training at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture. Here she ties beans or peas to stakes.
A first week Land Army student operates the milk cooler and separator as part of her training at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture. She is pouring a bucket full of milk through the cooler and the milk can be seen trickling down the corrugated surface of the separator and into a churn below.
|Three Land Girls work with hoes in a field as part of their training at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture.|
Sylvia Smith sprays tomatoes in a greenhouse as part of her training at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture. A shorthand typist before the war, Sylvia hopes to go into horticultural, greenhouse, work.
Iris Joyce (right) takes tea with her new employers upon arrival at her first farm somewhere in Britain. Seated at the table with Iris are the farmer and his wife and their two sons. According to the original caption "...you need farm teas when you are working on the land"!
All images and Quoted text taken from the Imperial War Museums Collection Archive
Land Girl Iris Joyce receives her first week's pay from the farmer with whom she is billeted. Prior to her assignment to this farm, somewhere in Britain, Iris underwent four weeks training at the Northampton Institute of Agriculture to transform her from a typist into a Land Girl.
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