By 1943 some 80,000 women had signed up
A Norfolk museum has received a £50,000 grant for a gallery in tribute to the role of the Women's Land Army and Women's Timber Corps in WWII.
The Women at War Gallery will be created at Gressenhall, near Dereham.
The grant is from the Department for Media, Culture and Sport's Wolfson Museums and Galleries Improvements' Fund - the museum will raise £40,000.
Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse, has already become the national focus for Women's Land Army veterans' reunions.
It holds an annual Village at War event that celebrates the bringing in of the harvest by Land Army girls on a World War II farm.
Frieda Feetham, a Norfolk veteran of the Women's Land Army, said: "We were always so tired at the end of the day because we worked so hard, and at the end of the war we didn't get the recognition other groups did.
"It is a real pleasure that our efforts are now being recognised.
"The girls are all extremely pleased that their stories are going to be told in this gallery."