The Yorkshire Museum of Farming in Murton, near York has received £60,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Feeding the Nation: A Celebration of the Women’s Land Army’.
The project will raise awareness of the vital part the Women’s Land Army (WLA) played during the two world wars and will include a new exhibition showcasing items from the museum’s fantastic Land Army collection.
Over the next year volunteers and members of the public will be encouraged to get involved in a variety of workshops and activities based at the museum and at venues around York. The funding will also provide an opportunity to display many items from the museum’s WLA collection in the new exhibition space; most of which have never before been on public display.
The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is dedicated to preserving the region’s agricultural heritage and is delighted to be given this opportunity to share and explore the work of the Women’s Land Army in Yorkshire; the county which saw the greatest number of WLA recruits during World War Two.
Commenting on the award, museum curator Esther Graham said: “We are thrilled to have received the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the project will enlighten, entertain and provide insight into an often overlooked aspect of the nation’s war efforts”
Peter Draper, museum director added ‘The Yorkshire Museum of Farming is delighted to play tribute to the hard work and important contribution these women made’.
Fiona Spiers, Head of HLF Yorkshire and the Humber said: “Feeding the Nation will open up the Yorkshire Museum of Farming’s fascinating Women’s Land Army collection and transform the museum for future visitors. With the upcoming commemorations of the First World War, the new exhibition and activities are a timely way to celebrate the contributions of Yorkshire women to the war effort.”