The WEA has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant for an exciting heritage project, Women on the Land. As a result, the people of South Yorkshire now have the chance to collect, record and enjoy memories of the work and lives of members of the Women’s Land Army (the ‘Land Girls’) and Women’s Timber Corps (or ‘Lumber Jills’) in the area, during and after the second world war, and the impact they had in local communities.  

Those who remember them will work with the WEA to create an archive of memories to share with local communities and record for future generations. Participants will work with experts in heritage to develop video, audio and written recording, developing a wide range of skills including research, oral recording and digital skills. The project will bring people together online initially before establishing local learning groups across South Yorkshire.  

The Land Girls / Lumber Jills were instrumental in supporting landowners and farmers to provide food and produce timber for Britain throughout the war and the post-war period. Of the 80,000 veterans, very few still survive.  

Residents of South Yorkshire can show an interest in participating in the project by contacting the Project Organiser, Richard Godley (07854 646742 / rgodley@wea.org.uk – Mon / Tue), or Project Manager, Clare Farmer (07966 254 322 / cfarmer@wea.org.uk – Mon – Fri) at the WEA. 

All contributions, however small or large are welcomed, from photos, to diaries, letters, written up interviews with relatives, or just verbal sharing. Please get in touch.