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Im­pe­rial War Mu­se­ums col­lec­tions 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.

The Landswoman

wom­enslan­ 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 wom­enslan­, a web­site es­tab­lished to gather in­for­ma­tion about the WLA’s role in both world wars.


british­news­pa­per­ar­ 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.


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.

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