Scope and Content

Consists of annual financial statements and reports 1934-1970; pamphlets relating to smallholdings n.d.[1960-c1971]

Administrative / Biographical History

The Land Settlement Association was established in 1934 to provide employment on the land for unemployed industrial workers from depressed areas. Posters and pamphlets were distributed through employment exchanges inviting men to apply. they were vetted for suitability to the rural life and given a medical examination. The men received agricultural training and each family was given 5 acres to cultivate plus livestock to rear. The small holdings were run as a co-operative, but many communities failed when men complained of the long hours, low pay and isolation of rural life. Recruitment to the scheme ceased at the outbreak of World World War II. The settlements were dissolved and privatised in 1983.


  • CR LSA/AC7/1-37 Financial statements and reports
  • CR LSA/P9/1-2 Pamphlets

Access Information

Available for consultation

Acquisition Information

Deposited as a gift January 1972, CR72/109


Compiled by Zoe Watson, April 2004

Other Finding Aids

A detailed catalogue is available at the Museum of English Rural Life

Conditions Governing Use

Please contact the Archivist


Trades Union Congress, The Union Makes Us Strong, TUC History Online, 2004, available from:, accessed 02 Apr 2004