South Brent Women's Institute Scrapbook

Scope and Content

Volume containing 'Survey of the parish of South Brent', undertaken by the South Brent Women's Institute in the Jubilee Year of the Institute, 1965. Contains: report for the year 1965, chapters on local administration, local and natural history of the parish, education, local clubs and associations, and business. Also includes maps, newscuttings, photographs and illustrations.

Administrative / Biographical History

Along with all other Women's Institutes, the South Brent Women's Institute forms a part of the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI), based in London, which is the largest organisation for women in the UK. One of the main focuses of the organisation is to improve the lives of its members and those around them through education and training, as well as providing an atmosphere in which 'women can be inspired and enlightened'. The first Women's Institute was formed in the USA in 1897. The Women's Institute Movement started in Britain in 1915, when the formation of Women's Institutes under the direction of the Agricultural Organisation Society encouraged countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to aid the war effort.

The Golden Jubilee Year of the organisation was celebrated in 1965 and included a garden party at Buckingham Palace. All WIs made Scrapbooks of the Countryside during this year. In this period, the WIs also raised funds for the Freedom From Hunger Campaign. The rule which restricted WIs being established in communities with a population of 4,000 or less was rescinded in 1965.

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Archivist's Note

Description compiled by Charlotte Berry, Archivist, 16 November 2004, and encoded into EAD 2 June 2005.

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Custodial History

Date of deposit at the University Library unknown.

Related Material

Papers of the National Federation of Women's Institutes are held at the Women's Library, London.


It is not known whether this collection has been used as the basis for publication.