Imperial War Museums collections iwm.org.uk/ collections In 1920 the new Imperial War Museum wanted to create a permanent record of the work performed by women during the war, and land workers were among those approached to contribute material. Today the IWM collection contains a wealth of diaries, accounts, letters, photographs, official documents and recorded interviews. These can be accessed at the museum’s London Research Room and, in the case of some sound recordings, via the IWM website.
womenslandarmy.co.uk The monthly magazine of the WLA was launched in January 1918, and from the start readers were encouraged to contribute. Full of photographs, correspondence and articles written by the women workers, the magazine both gives a real flavour of what life in the WLA was like and, usefully for researchers, it regularly names individuals. Digitised copies can be viewed at womenslandarmy.co.uk, a website established to gather information about the WLA’s role in both world wars.
britishnewspaperarchive.co.uk The national and regional press took a great interest in the WLA, and its recruiting rallies, demonstrations and competitions are particularly well covered. The names of women participating in these events are often mentioned.
COUNTY RECORD OFFICES AND LOCAL ARCHIVES
No service records were compiled for members of the WLA during the First World War. There is not even a central list of names. Local archives do, however, often have documents relating to the Women’s War Agricultural Committees, which were set up in each county, and these may, on occasion, mention the names of workers.