Land Girls & Lumber Jills at Shambellie House

You still have until the end of this month to visit the 'Land Girls & Lumber Jills' exhibition at Scotland's National Museum of Costume in Dumfries.
Managed to squeeze in a very quick visit to the exhibition last week and wasn't disappointed. The museum is housed in Shambellie House which is surrounded by a mature garden full of fine tree specimens including a towering monkey puzzle tree - the base of which looks like a giant elephants foot. Go and look and you'll see what I mean.
As well as personal recollections of time spent as a land girl and items of uniform, the exhibition also includes some unusual exhibits such as the blown swan's egg below;

And examples of publicity used to aid recruitment drives...

I still find it shocking that the women who volunteered to do this work went largely unrecognised with the Women's Land Army and the Timber Corps only being invited to march at the Cenotaph for the first time in November 2000. Not until 2008 were the women recognised by the Government and offered a medal for their services to the country...

You can read more about the exhibition HERE


James Russell said…
By coincidence there was an episode of Dads Army on the other night which featured Land Girls, an episode I don't ever recall seeing before... Spooky

Incidentally, you might enjoy my blog, which has a heavy 'Ravilious & interwar artists' leaning
Murgatroyd said…
I'm not familiar with that episode either - will keep an eye out for it coming round again.
Lovely to 'meet' you and your splendid blog James. I'm a fan of Bawden & Ravilious's work and was fascinated to see your photographs of the places in the paintings.

Anyone reading this - I'd strongly recommend that you pop over and take a look at it: