Borth-y-Gest W.I. Collection

Scope and Content

Minute books, members list, programmes and correspondence of Borth-y-Gest W. I., 1957-1989; Caernarfonshire Federation of Women's Institutes, 1968-1982; and National Federation of Women's Institutes, 1950-1999.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Women's Institute Movement in Britain started in 1915. It was formed to encourage the women to be involved in growing and preserving food to help increase the supply of food during. The first WI in Britain was formed under the auspices of the Welsh Agricultural Organisation Society, in Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll, Anglesey. Individual Institutes are self-governing and are grouped into county federations that make up The National Federation of Women's Institutes. The Borth-y-Gest, Caernarfonshire, branch has been active since 1957.


Arranged into the following : Borth-y-Gest W.I. Collection; Caernarfonshire Federation of Women's Institutes; National Federation of Women's Institutes

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions


Compiled by Seri Crawley for the ANW project. The following sources were used to compile this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Borth-y-Gest W.I. Collection; National Federation of Women's Institues website (, viewed 20 July 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available in Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

Conditions Governing Use

Usual copyright regulations apply

Appraisal Information

All records deposited at Caenarfon Record Office have been retained.


Accruals are not expected.

Geographical Names