The Lay of the Land...The girls of the Land Army ; another drives a tractor

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Title The Lay of the Land...The girls of the Land Army ; another drives a tractor
Artist Lee Miller
Year 1943
Town/City Chessington
Country England
Format Vintage
Description The land girls have helped to change the face of the country under the plough once more.' In 1943 Lee Miller visited Chessington to take photographs for a Vogue feature on the Women's Land Army (WLA). During the war, Britain needed to grow more food at home. The WLA was formed to cultivate the land and meet wartime demand, and at its peak had more than 80,000 members. Women volunteered and were later conscripted to work the fields, and revive old trades like hand-thatching. As noted in the article, 'The girls in the dairy have a seven-day week - you can't tell the cow it's Sunday.'

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