Growing Flax for Aircraft Cloth: a little-known story from the First World War

Voluntary Land Workers in a Flax-field, Podington, Northamptonshire © IWM Art.IWM ART 2288

Olney Archaeological Society

Tuesday, 4th May 2021

The crop had largely fallen out of cultivation, but in the First World War it became essential for Britain to greatly increase the amount it grew. The speaker is Dr Paul Stamper (, a Visiting Fellow in English Local History at the University of Leicester.

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