Soil Sisters – The Women’s Land Army

Suffolk Record Office has developed a countywide programme of activities to run alongside the development of the building of ‘The Hold’, which will engage more people than ever before with Suffolk’s archival heritage. One of the largest parts of the programme is a new initiative called ‘Sharing Suffolk Stories, whereby we support groups of people to delve into our collections to uncover unique stories about the people, places and events of our county, often hidden in the archives.

(Green) with NV is a collaborative research project being undertaken by Nicky Reynolds and Vicky Abbott—both Suffolk gals with many years of experience in Women’s Land Army Living History enactment and both with relatives that served in the WLA in the County.

‘Soil Sisters – Putting the Suffolk WLA on the map’

is a ‘Sharing Suffolk Stories’ and Green with NV project which seeks to uncover information about the WLA in Suffolk in three main areas:
• stories of the members that served in Suffolk
• details of where they lived and the work they did
• the achievements of the women behind the scenes in the county administration responsible for organising and deploying the female workforce across Suffolk

The project will culminate in the production of an interactive replica WLA Benevolent Fund Ernest Clegg County Map, detailing the stories discovered through photos, sound and film. We will also create a touring exhibition visiting places where the WLA was prominent and share these stories with new audiences in order that they can interpret these stories in a creative way.

For further information on the project, to share any memories or recollections of the land army in Suffolk or to get involved with the research or sharing elements of the project, please contact us via email at:

sharing.suffolk.stories@suffolk.gov.uk
www.suffolkarchives.co.uk