Joanna Foat

Joanna Foat
Joanna Foat discovered the story of the Women’s Timber Corps while working for the Forestry Commission in 2012. Few people had heard of the women affectionately called the Lumberjills, so she travelled the country to meet them. She worked with BBC Countryfile, Wartime Farm, How we won the war, Great British Menu and Channel 5 Select Walking Wartime Britain to tell their story. Her book – Lumberjills: Britain’s Forgotten Army which has been featured in many newspapers which celebrated the Women’s Timber Corps' 80th anniversary this year.
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  1. Speakers Corner: Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the WW2 Women's Timber Corps
    Speakers Corner: Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the WW2 Women's Timber Corps

    Family Ticket: 2 adults, 3 children; Child Ticket: aged 5-15; Under 5: FREE

    On the 80th anniversary of the Womens Timber Corps, discover the inspiring story of the young women who felled trees with an axe and saw for the nation during World War Two. The Womens Timber Corps, a branch of the Womens Land Army, comprised of thousands of women who brought gender stereotypes crashing down in the 1940s. Among the first women to wear trousers in Britain, they also pioneered a change in women's fashion. Join Joanna Foat to hear how she travelled the country to meet the original Lumberjills and worked with Forestry England, BBC Countryfile, How We Won The War, Wartime Farm, Great British Menu and Channel 5 Walking Wartime Britain to uncover their wartime stories.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme.

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

    In March 2019 The History Press published Joanna's historical non-fiction book, Lumberjills: Britains Forgotten Army, which was featured in The Daily Mail, The Express, The I paper, The Scotsman, BBC Radio London among others. For further information visit www.thelumberjills.uk

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  2. Speakers Corner: Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the WW2 Women's Timber Corps
    Speakers Corner: Celebrating the 80th Anniversary of the WW2 Women's Timber Corps

    On the 80th anniversary of the Women’s Timber Corps, discover the inspiring story of the young women who felled trees with an axe and saw for the nation during World War Two. The Women’s Timber Corps, a branch of the Women’s Land Army, comprised of thousands of women who brought gender stereotypes crashing down in the 1940s. Among the first women to wear trousers in Britain, they also pioneered a change in women's fashion. Join Joanna Foat to hear how she travelled the country to meet the original Lumberjills and worked with Forestry England, BBC Countryfile, How We Won The War, Wartime Farm, Great British Menu and Channel 5 Walking Wartime Britain to uncover their wartime stories. This event will be held at the Storage Works Speakers Corner tent.

    Outdoor Programme Event

    The Outdoor Programme daily ticket gives you access to everything on the festival's massive Outdoor Programme. The child ticket is applicable for ages 5-15; Under 5’s are free

    We have talks on the IPGL and History Hit Outdoor Stages, the Living History encampments and static displays, Speaker's Corner talks, performances from the History Tellers and others, live music, two bars, the Emporium, book shops and numerous cafes and food stalls. Anyone with an Outdoor Programme ticket can access up to twenty-five different scheduled events on any one day, so it is truly great value.

    For those wishing to experience The Trench, Sword School and Children's Creative History events, these are ticketed separately and need to be pre-booked. Rides on the Vintage Fairground are payable at the ride.

    Tickets to individual events in the Hiscox and Smith & Williamson tents also provide access to the Outdoor Programme on that particular day (1 person per ticket).

    £0.00
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