Homes for Working Girls in London

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes, 1903-52; reports, 1878-1904.

Administrative / Biographical History

Homes for Working Girls in London was founded in 1878 by John Shrimpton (d. April 15th 1923). It was administered by a Committee of Management. The society assisted young women employed in London by providing subsidised accommodation. Much of the income to provide this was raised from subscriptions, donations and legacies. The society was incorporated on March 4th 1922. In an attempt to project a more modern image the society changed its name to Homes for Business Girls in London in 1952. In 1961 the society decided to go into voluntary liquidation. Its offices and four remaining hostels were handed over to the Young Women's Christian Association.

Conditions Governing Access

Prior permission needed.

Archivist's Note

A list exists in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives and in the National Inventory of Documentary Sources series. See also the records of the Young Women's Christian Association. An authority file exists for this corporate body.

Custodial History

The archive of Homes for Working Girls in London forms part of the larger deposit of the Young Women's Christian Association archive which was deposited in the Modern Records Centre in 1982.