womens land army

Demeter & Persephone helping in the fields with the Women’s Land Army, sleeves rolled up and head scarves bold.

Haides laying a hand on a young lad’s shoulder. “Fighting’s done now, son.”

Athene ushering children down into shelters while the siren yowls, scanning the skies between barrage balloons.

Ares among the Infantry Divisions, dirt and mud under their fingernails and sweaty palms gripping an Enfield.

Hestia at home making diamonds on the windows pains with tape. Making dress patterns on old curtains from memory.

Hermes zipping along with the telegram messenger boys bearing bad tidings. All the wives shiver when they see them.

Aphrodite using a dab of beetroot juice for lipstain with the girls, hiding that hole in their stockings but more than ready for the dance hall.

Nike in the streets among the throng on VE-Day. Victory waves a blue, red and white.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent was transformed in the 1930s by the poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West and her husband Harold Nicholson. Once a prison in the 1700s and a home to the women’s land army during the Second World War, it’s a place with a fascinating past. Today the garden rooms and colourful planting reflect the romance of Vita’s poetry and writings. The alcove off the Writing Room in the Tower is where the main body of Vita’s personal library of books are stored. Thanks to John Hammond and NT Images for this shot. #nationaltrust


“During both World Wars, many civilian women took up jobs in agriculture, replacing those men who went to war. The women who worked for the Women’s Land Army (WLA) were commonly known as Land Girls. In forestry, Women’s Timber Corps were known as Lumber Jills. At the height of the First World War the Land Army had a full-time membership of 23,000 members. The number exceeded 80,000 during the Second World War.”