Minutes and accounts of Clumber Women's Institute, Nottinghamshire, 1932-1957

Scope and Content

The collection comprises seven volumes of minutes and accounts of Clumber Women's Institute. Thevolumes contain minutes of committee meetings, 1932-1957; minutes of monthly meetings, 1932-1946;and accounts 1932-1940. The minutes contain details of postholders and events organised by theinstitute. The accounts list subscriptions of individual named members and hospitality costs.

Administrative / Biographical History

The first Women's Institute in Britain was formed in 1915 under the auspices of the AgriculturalOrganisation Society. At the start of the 21st Century, the National Federation of Women'sInstitutes has become the largest national organisation for women in the UK.

Clumber Women's Institute within the Nottinghamshire federation of the national organisation wasformed in 1932. Jean Banks Gimbernat, Lady Lincoln (died 1968), second wife of the future 9th Dukeof Newcastle-under-Lyne, had a principal role in the early affairs of the institute and waspresumably the first president. The committee of the Institute met in the reading room of HardwickGrange on the Clumber estate, near Worksop, Nottinghamshire. The committee minutes in thiscollection continue until December 1957. It is not known when the Clumber Institute ceasedactivities.


No archival arrangement has been necessary.

Access Information

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Other Finding Aids

  • This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright on thedescription belongs to the University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email mss-library@nottingham.ac.uk). TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.

Custodial History

The collection was acquired by the University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts andSpecial Collections in April 2004.