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Sharing Suffolk Stories: Women's Land Army Researcher

   Soil Sisters – Putting the Suffolk the Women's Land Army on the map in Suffolk

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:

What's involved?

Reporting to the Community & Learning Officer (East & West):

  • Conduct initial contextual and archival research to discover the stories of the Women's Land Army whilst posted in Suffolk at Ipswich Record Office or remotely.
  • Using Suffolk Archives and other relevant secondary sources research themes and topics as agreed with the Volunteer Project Coordinator.
  • Consider conducting oral history interviews (training can be provided)
  • With Volunteer Project Coordinator and in liaison with the Community and Learning Officer, create an effective system to log research carried out by volunteers and participants.
  • Support the Volunteer Project Coordinator to coordinate opportunities to share and engage new audiences with research findings.
  • With the Volunteer Project Coordinator, consider opportunities to write blog pages and content for Suffolk Archives' Social Media policy.
  • Support requests for information requested for the Suffolk Archives' website or media opportunities about the project.
  • Support evaluation of the project with requested project information and feedback.
  • Support the Exhibition & Interpretation Officer in curating exhibitions and events at The Hold.

Why get involved?

Benefits to the Volunteer

  • Opportunity to develop research and project management skills, whilst enabling people to discover their own local history.
  • Opportunity to discover the stories of the Suffolk Land Army Girls and engage with a history which has not been told before in this way.
  • Chance to meet volunteers and the general public
  • Enjoyment and fulfillment
  • Travel expenses are funded

How to get involved?


  1. Sign into your account or sign up to Volunteer Makers.
  2. Accept the challenge.
  3. Await a response from Suffolk Archives with more information.

Ideal Skills

  • Working with Young People
  • I'm based near Lowestoft
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

Ideal Interests

  • Computers and Technology
  • Creative and Arts
  • Learning and Education
  • Teaching and Training
  • I'm based near Lowestoft
  • I'm based near Ipswich
  • I'm based near Bury St. Edmunds

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