National Council of Women

Scope and Content

Consists of publications, histories of the organisation, minutes, press cuttings, material relating to the Soldiers' Central Laundry and to a NUWW Conference held in Tunbridge Wells.

Administrative / Biographical History

In 1895 the National Union of Women Workers (NUWW) was formed to provide a platform for women who worked, mostly voluntarily, in the social sector. The name was officially changed to the National Council of Women (NCW) in 1918. The organisation undertook various 'social work' activities. For example, during the First World War members ran a laundry for soldiers, provided toys for children and organised a travelling exhibition on Child Welfare. Amelia Scott established the Tunbridge Wells branch in 1885 and was its Honorary Secretary for 35 years.