Records of Ilkley Missionary Helpers' Union Branch of the Society of Friends

Scope and Content

Record books, 1899-1953 (3 vols.) [K 20-22]; comprising annual reports, accounts, lists of garments produced and photographs of members

Administrative / Biographical History

The branch of the Missionary Helpers Union based in Ilkley was founded in 1899 and at the end of its first year had eight active members. Its work revolved around 'sewing meetings', where members produced garments and other articles for distribution through overseas missions. The Ilkley branch worked mainly in support of mission stations in India, Pemba, Ceylon and China. Over time the branch grew in size and also began to hold social events, children's gatherings and lectures. From the First World War onwards, work was done for the Friends War Victims Relief Committee and later, for the Friends Service Council European Relief Fund. The last record book ends with the year 1952/3, when membership was declining and fewer meetings being held.


The records are numbered and arranged according to the system used when they were in Carlton Hill Meeting House

Conditions Governing Access

The conditions of deposit include a clause requiring written prior permission from a Friend Custodian for access to consult current legal documents and any material less than fifty years old

Acquisition Information

The collection of archives of the Society of Friends formerly held at the Friends Meeting House at Carlton Hill, Leeds


In English

Other Finding Aids

Contents listed in Handlist 99, "Inventory of the records of Brighouse, Knaresborough, Leeds, and Settle Monthly Meetings of the Society of Friends formerly preserved at the Friends Meeting House, Carlton Hill, Leeds", 2nd edition, 1997

Conditions Governing Use

As with access, the photocopying of current legal documents and any material less than fifty years old requires the permission of a Friend Custodian

Related Material

Related material in Leeds University Library: Records of Ilkley Preparative Meeting

Additional Information

The records are deposited and remain the property of the Society of Friends