The Women’s Land Army during the First World War

Sunday 21 October 2018
02.00 pm - 03.30 pm


An illustrated talk by Helen Frost in the Beechey Room (rear entrance to York House).

Tickets £4.00 from York House or on-line at https://www.wegottickets.com/event/443386

Hear about the quite incredible contribution made by this oft-forgotten, overlooked ‘Army’ of women who, during The Great War years were recruited mainly from towns and cities to work on the land; often for the first time in large numbers.

The years 1914-1918/19 gave women from ALL classes in all counties and regions of Britain opportunities that were simply unthinkable of before The Great War.

Officially formed in February 1917, the women that eventually went on to join the Women’s Land Army during The First World War enabled vital food production to continue on The Home Front. Their efforts attempted to part-fill the enormous void left by men who had gone to serve overseas; men who had previously worked in farming and agriculture.

In addition to the illustrated talk, Helen is bringing along contemporary photographs and documents.

Helen Frost is a Lecturer/Tutor in Literacy and Additional Support and her passion is the legacy of The Great War and the need for continued Remembrance.  For several years she has researched in depth, the often forgotten, largely overlooked and unknown Women’s Land Army of The First World War.

For more information visit www.york-house.org.uk. York House Centre has car parking, wheelchair access, and a disabled access toilet.

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The chief purpose of the WLA was to stave off the very real threat of starvation to the British population by turning more land over to cultivation and continuing
to farm existing land.

This threat to food supply was caused by the devastating German U-boat attacks on Allied merchant shipping; ships that brought vast quantities of raw materials
and artificial fertilisers to import-reliant Britain.

From its infancy, pre-1917 through to its peak and subsequent demobilisation, prepare to be more than surprised at the journey of this neglected aspect of
The First World War’s history and remember the legacy of these inspirational ‘Landswomen’ who had to strive constantly to overcome the male prejudices, rigid class structure and gender stereotypes that existed at the time and overcome they did!

Helen Frost is a Lecturer/Tutor in Literacy and Additional Support and a specialist in teaching ESOL.

Her passion however outside of work is the legacy of The Great War and the need for continued Remembrance.  For several years she has researched in depth, the often forgotten, largely overlooked and unknown Women’s Land Army of The First World War. She has also focused in depth on the role and contribution that her home county of Northamptonshire made with its own Women’s Land Army.

Continued below.

Northamptonshire, like all the other counties had a Land Army of women who did so much to ‘do their bit’ and stave off starvation, (which was a real and ever-present threat). These women were recruited from wealthier backgrounds, cities and urban areas as opposed to women that were already working in agriculture and on the
land.

Their story is inspirational to girls, boys and adults and can empower people generally to see what can be achieved and what is possible even if it isn’t something that has ever been attempted or done before.

Helen delivers her illustrated talks to many different history groups, heritage organisations and Women’s Institutes and she is listed in the WI Directory of Speakers.

She is also a member of the Western Front Association, which is a charitable organisation that perpetuates the memory, courage and comradeship of those that took part in The Great War in whatever capacity it was in.

Helen writes many articles and has had them published in military-based newsletters and magazines. She loves contributing to these. Her eventual aim is to write a book about these inspirational women. For now, she continues to research!

   

 

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