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Women's Land Army Uniform, WWII

  • Land girl outfit, WWII
  • Land girl outfit, WWII

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The Women’s Land Army uniform had to be practical to enable women to carry out rural work previously undertaken by men. Dungarees, knee breeches and deep pockets on garments proved invaluable.

Mrs A Penrice, from Workington, who lived in Carlisle, was in the Women’s Land Army and wore this uniform to work on farms in the Wigton area during the Second World War.

Farming was a protected occupation durign World War II, exempting famers from going to fight on the front lines. Women were drafted in as extra labour to help increase the harvest, as many new fields were dug up, and synthetic fertilizers employed to boost the harvest. The government set up an office which strictly regulated farming, and all the livestock and produce from each farm.

Food was strictly rationed during the war and into the 1950s after the war ended.

Key facts: 
  • Women were involved with many different types of war work, in munitions, factories, hospitals and civil defence/ emergency services.
  • Working on the land to produce the harvest was one of the most important jobs, helping to feed the nation.
  • Farming was a protected occupation during World War II, because it was so vital to produce food, whilst foreign imports were not available. This outfit was designed to be both practical and durable for this type of work.

Curator: Melanie

Role: 
Fine and Decorative Art

I’m responsible for the art collections in the museum which cover fine art (paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, sculpture) dating from 1650

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