Land ladies: women and farming in England, 1900 - 1945

Women haymaking11 January to 19 April, 2011

Guest curator: Dr Nicola Verdon, Sheffield Hallam University

  • Free admission
  • Normal Museum opening times

Timed to coincide with the Centenary of International Women’s Day, this exhibition will highlight the many different roles that women played in farming in the first half of the twentieth century. It will focus on the different branches of agricultural International Women's Day logoproduction where women were employed, including dairying, poultry, and horticulture, as well as examining the growth of education and training for women in these areas.

It will be shown how organisations such as the Women’s Farm and Garden Association and the Women’s Institute helped to promote farm work for women and protect the rights of those women who worked on the land. The exhibition will illustrate the contribution that farmers’ wives made to family farms and show that many women also became farmers, either in their own right, or as part of women’s smallholding settlements. It will include an analysis of women’s contribution to wartime agriculture but will emphasise that women were always involved in farm work in England, not just during the war.


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Femal dairy students learning butter makingBusiness and pleasure: women, work and the professionalisation of farming as a female career in England, c.1900-1950

8 March, 4.30-6pm

Held on International Women’s Day, this seminar is given by Dr Nicola Verdon, guest curator of the temporary exhibition ‘Land Ladies’ and analyses the growth of farming as a career for women in England in the first half of the twentieth century. What training did women receive, who was attracted to farming and what did it offer them?

For details and to register to attend, visit the MERL Seminars page

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