Brighton Museum & Art Gallery
The forgotten army of the land girls tell their story in this new exhibition. During WWII over 75,000 women joined the Women’s Land Army. The heroic image of the land girl standing tall in her corduroy breeches, green jumper has become an iconic symbol of the triumph of wartime agriculture.
The exhibition highlights personal stories, propaganda, paintings, posters and photographs. It reveals the experiences of women as they leave their pre-war lives to learn milking, rat catching, threshing and tractor driving.
The Land Girls also focuses on the contribution in Sussex. Their headquarters were at Barcombe Place, the land girls were trained at Plumpton Agricultural College and they lived and worked on the Sussex Downs.
Where are the Land Girls?
Were you a Land Girl? Perhaps your mother or grandmother was one of those ‘Cinderellas of the Soil’. Contact Jennifer@mybrightonandhove.org.uk and share your memories with us. We will publish the reminiscences here at My Brighton and Hove, so that our visitors can find out about this sometimes forgotten, but vitally important band of women.