Hat: Women’s Land Army

Catalogue number
  • UNI 73
Department
Exhibits
Materials
  • whole: metal
  • whole: textile
  • whole: enamel
Dimensions
  • whole: Depth 295 mm, Height 75 mm, Width 275 mm
Alternative names
  • full name: Hat: Women’s Land Army
  • simple name: headdress : British
Category
uniforms and insignia

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Label

Second World War period British Women's Land Army (WLA) hat. The Women's Land Army (WLA), better known as the 'Land Girls', was established at the outset of the Second World War in order to free up male agricultural workers for the armed forces. An estimated 80,000 'Land Girls' were employed by 1943, involved in all aspects of farming work. The women worked long hours often on extremely arduous and monotonous tasks in order to maximise food production. Their uniform included green ties and sweaters and the very distinctive brown felt hats. The WLA was formally disbanded in 1950.

Physical description

Wide-brimmed hat of brown fur felt, having a central light khaki band around the raised crown, fitted with an enamelled WLA badge to the centre.

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