LSA house

Exhibition: Land Settlement Association

Wednesday 18 September to Monday 30 September 2019

Find out about the Land Settlement Association (LSA) in Sidlesham, West Sussex.

The idea of establishing small farms that could support a family had already been tried in the early years of the 1900s. During the industrial depression of the 1930s, one government-supported initiative was LSA settlements. By the 1930s, unemployed miners and ship builders, mainly from the North-East of England and South Wales, joined Land Settlement Associations. The idea was that they could find new work as market gardeners. This resulted in the creation of 20 LSAs across the country. In Sidlesham there were 120 smallholdings. This made it one of the largest LSAs in the UK.

The Land Settlement Association had four main principles:
  • Assistance would be given only to group settlements
  • Co-operative methods would be adopted for the purchase of the smallholders’ requisites. This included the marketing of their produce, and the general working of the scheme
  • Settlers, both men and their wives, would be carefully selected. In general the Association proposed to select men who had successfully cultivated allotments
  • Adequate training and supervision would be provided

Bill Martin and a team of local volunteers have undertaken research and collected memories from inhabitants of these homes. The exhibition will include some of this information. There will be a chance to leave your own memories of the Sidlesham or other Land Settlement Associations.

In 2017, the Museum worked on a project to record and dismantle a LSA home (as shown in image above). You can read about this project here. In addition, find out more about LSAs nationally and locally here.