Working on the Land

Working on the Land | Herts & Essex Observer, Jun 1918
Herts & Essex Observer, Jun 1918
Report on Women in Agriculture (extract) | HALS Ref HCC 2/72
Report on Women in Agriculture (extract)
HALS Ref HCC 2/72
Working on the Land | Herts & Essex Observer, Jul 1917
Herts & Essex Observer, Jul 1917
Claypits Farm Dairy | BISHM 459.1
Claypits Farm Dairy
BISHM 459.1
Claypits Farm postcard reverse side | BISHM 459.1
Claypits Farm postcard reverse side
BISHM 459.1

Have a look at the recruitment rally poster and the report extract.

What type of skills were being sought ?  Why might these women no longer be employed on farms ?

Why was there a need to encourage women to work the land ?

Do you think the issue of a fair wage was important in a time of war ?

What does the wording of the advert tell you about how important this was ?
Look at the advert for the farming competition.

What were some of the activities the women were competing in ?

What does this type of competition tell you about some attitudes to women working the land ?

Look at the postcard

The writer of the card is the lady holding the chicken. What type of farm does this seem to be ?

Read her letter on the back. Why do you think she might be looking to go and work in a hospital instead ?
How does she feel about, it do you think ?

 

Such was the importance of the Farming competitions that the Bishop’s Stortford competition was filmed for Pathe News.

The film can be sourced HERE

Transcript of postcard :

I intended to write before, but it did not get done, I suppose May will have told you I am going to have a try at hospital work. I wonder how I shall like it – That is an ‘armlet’ girl next to me, who goes round with the milk cart. The man in the cart is called up now. Love…

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