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Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II
Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII
Garden visitors inspect the Demonstration Plot at RBG Kew, during WWII
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Vegetables growing in the Demonstration Plot, RBG Kew, WWII
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners, The Rock Garden, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
Female gardener working in the orchid house, during World War II
World War II, Kew Gardens: Talk at the Demonstration plot about growing your own food
World War II, Kew Gardens: Talk at the Demonstration plot about growing your own food
Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, RBG Kew, 1939
Botanist Mary Ruth Fussel Jackson Taylor, RBG Kew, 1939
Women gardeners, RBG Kew, World War II
Women gardeners, RBG Kew, World War II
Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
Potato tuber slices being dried in trays of peat, WWII
William Turrill in gas protection suit, spring 1940
William Turrill in gas protection suit, spring 1940
Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II Featured Image

Women gardeners put on their clogs ready for work, World War II

Women gardeners were employed at Kew during World War II, after an interval of nearly a quarter of a century. Fourteen women were enrolled onto the staff in 1940, joined by a further thirteen in 1941. The women referred to their unifrom of apron and clogs as battledress'. The clogs were wooden soled shoes with leather uppers. One of the women, Jean Thompson told colleague Betty Cooper: "My most vivid impression was the difficulty I had balancing on the rocks in my clogs."

© RBG KEW

Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Observation post, RBG Kew, 1939
Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
Sandbags outside the Herbarium, Kew, 1939
Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II