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

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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."

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 10645499

Date: 12th February 2015

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

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Credit: Copyright RBG Kew

Filename: p168 - 006838LA20120726-006 Women boots wwii.jpg

Image Size: 3072 x 3749 Pixels

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Associated Categories: History

Associated Categories: History

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