It’s been an exciting few weeks here at the Archive after
launching our Kickstarter Campaign on VE Day at the beginning of May.
The Campaign ended on Tuesday 8th June with a
final total of £27,724, which means we have exceeded our goal and can digitise
an extra 2,724. We’ll be able to reveal even more stories of the million women
who volunteered for WVS during the war including this one from June 1941.
The first Communal
feeding centre in Doncaster was opened on Wednesday June 4th. The
WVS supply the staff in the kitchen, 1800 meals are served per 6 day week.
We have been asked to
supply drivers for the conveying of the food from the place where it is
prepared to the centre.
And this one from August 1942
Wing Rural District,
Meat Pie Scheme. For
This is our latest
activity. We started in Ivinghoe on May 12 1942 and in June and July made 2179
pies at 4d each. We have paid the Ministry of food 1/2d on each pie, i.e.
The 12 workers 6 on Tuesday
and 6 on Thursday, Cooks and Kitchen hands come at 9am each day and the whole
thing runs like clockwork.
What we badly need and
have tried to get through the County Inspector of Pies is a mincing
machine that can be screwed to the table. She tells me that all mincers go to
Over the next few weeks Kickstarter will be gathering the
pledges made to the Hidden Histories of a million wartime women so that we can
start to digitise these amazing diaries in September.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the project, helping
to bring the stories of a million wartime women to life. So watch this space for more updates on the Hidden histories of a million wartime women.