The Women’s Land Army: The Battle of the Fields

Thursday 13 June 2019



The Talk

The work of The Women’s Land Army is something of a forgotten history. Yet, the work these women did on the land often in terrible conditions was vital to the success of the war effort. They played a crucial part in increasing levels of productivity from the land in both World Wars. This illustrated talk by Gill Clarke tells their story and those of the artists and illustrators who recorded their heroic work in the First and Second World War.

The Speaker

Gill Clarke is a biographer and art historian. From 2012-18 she was Visiting Professor and Curator at the University of Chichester Otter Gallery. She has also guest curated at St Barbe Museum & Art Gallery, Lymington and Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. Academic posts held include Southampton University from 1995-2010. Her books include Evelyn Dunbar: War and Country (2006), The Women’s Land Army: A Portrait (2008) Randolph Schwabe (2012), From Fields to Factories: Women’s Work on the Home Front and most recently Conflicting Views: Pacifist Artists (2018).

Participant information

The talk will start with refreshments at 6pm and will begin at 6.30pm, duration of about 1 – 1 1/2 hours.

Fee and refreshments

£14 per person, £12 for Museum Annual Members; £5 for Weald & Downland Museum Volunteers. Book 5 places and get the 6th place free. To include tea, coffee and cake from 6pm. Please let the Museum know in advance if you have any dietary requirements.


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