Huddersfield Female Educational Institute

Scope and Content

This archive tells the story of the history of the female educational institute, one of the oldest in the country. It includes minutes (1856-1872), rules (n.d.), annual reports (1858-1882), attendance records (1848-1883), teachers' records (1882-1883), wages (1858-1881), membership records (1853-1883), expenditure (1846-1875), library records (1857-1883), letters (1867-1883) and miscellaneous (1873-1883). The minutes and annual reports are important sources for the administration of the Institute and the admission records give details of the actual students, their ages, addresses and occupations. Receipted bills give full accounts of the costs of living and the equipment needed for running the Institute and its Library.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Huddersfield Female Educational Institute, formed in 1846, was one of the first in the country. In 1884 it joined with the Huddersfield Mechanics' Institution to become the Huddersfield Technical School and Mechanics' Institute.

Access Information

Original available for consultation by appointment

Related Material

Gerrard, Teresa and Weedon, Alexis, 'Working-Class Women's Education in Huddersfield: A Case Study of the Female Educational Institute Library, 1856–1857' DOI: