Gilwern Women's Institute

Summary Information

Gwent Archives
Gilwern Women's Institute.
Gilwern Women's Institute
0.045 Cubic Metres
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Biographical/Historical note

The Women's Institute movement was formed in 1915 with two clear aims: to revitalise rural communities and to encourage women to become more involved in producing food during the First World War. The Gilwern Women's Institute was founded in 1949 and is still running (2014).

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Scope and Contents note

The collection includes minutes, 1949-2002; Record Books, 1949-2010; Financial records; Correspondence; National Federation of Women's Institutes; County Handbooks; Campaigns and Projects; Celebrations and Prizes; Other material, 20th century.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

 Gwent Archives

Conditions Governing Access note

Usual conditions apply.

Conditions Governing Use note

Usual copyright conditions apply.

Accruals note

Accruals are not expected

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Deposit, May 2014.

Appraisal note

All records have been retained.

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Controlled Access Headings


  • Women's Institutes-Wales-Gwent-Monmouthshire

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Other Finding Aids note

A hard copy catalogue is available at Gwent Archives.

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Collection Inventory

 D5981/1/1-12 Minute Books 1949-2002 

 D5981/1/1  Jul 1949-Nov 1958 

 D5981/1/2  Dec 1958-Jul 1966 

 D5981/1/3  Sep 1966-Sep 1971 

 D5981/1/4  Oct 1971-Mar 1978 

 D5981/1/5  Apr 1978-Jun 1985 

 D5981/1/6  Jul 1985-Sep 1988 

 D5981/1/7  Oct 1988-May 1992 

 D5981/1/8  Jun 1992-Apr 1998 

 D5981/1/9  May 1998-May 2002 

 D5981/1/9  May 2002-Apr 2005 

 D5981/1/10  May 2005-Jul 2010 

 D5981/1/11 Committee Meetings May 1998-May 2002 

 D5981/1/12 Monthly Meeting Book Jul 1999-Apr 2002 

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 D5981/2/1-14 Record Books 1949-2012 

 D5981/2/1  Jul 1949-Dec 1952 

 D5981/2/2  Dec 1952-Sep 1960 

 D5981/2/3  Sep 1960-Dec 1966 

 D5981/2/4  Jan 1967-Dec 1972 

 D5981/2/5  Jan 1973-Jun 1979 

 D5981/2/6  Jul 1979-Oct 1985 

 D5981/2/7  Nov 1985-Jun 1988 

 D5981/2/8  Jul 1988-Jun 1990 

 D5981/2/9  Jul 1990-Apr 1993 

 D5981/2/10  May 1993-Jun 1996 

 D5981/2/11  Jul 1996-Jun 1999 

 D5981/2/12  May 2002-Jun 2003 

 D5981/2/13  Jul 2003-Jun 2007 

 D5981/2/14  Jul 2007-Sep 2012 

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 D5981/3/1-3 Financial Records Mid 20th century 

 D5981/3/1 Account Book 1949-1956 

 D5981/3/2 Budget 1960-1961 

 D5981/3/3 Invoice from Wellington Hotel, Brecon 1968 

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 D5981/4/1 Correspondence 20th century 

 D5981/4/1 General correspondence c.1950-c.1972 

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 D5981/5/1-4 National Federation of Women's Institutes Annual Reports c.1960-c.1970 

 D5981/5/1  1961 

 D5981/5/2  1962 

 D5981/5/3  1967 

 D5981/5/4  1968 

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 D5981/6/1-5 County Handbooks c.1961-c.1971 

 D5981/6/1  1961 

 D5981/6/2  1962 

 D5981/6/3  1969 

 D5981/6/4  1970 

 D5981/6/5  1971 

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 D5981/7/1-4 Campaigns and Projects Mid 20th century-Early 21st century 

 D5981/7/1 Women's Institute 'No Litter Month' - Guidelines Jul 1969 

 D5981/7/2 Women's Institute planting at Gilwern School (photograph and newspaper cutting) May 2012 

 D5981/7/3 "Our Heroines of the High Street - Women's Institute ladies to fight for struggling retail sector" (Newspaper cutting) Jun 2013 

 D5981/7/4 "Big Walk/Little Splash" Project book and entry forms detailing challenges in order to successfully complete the project. The book includes descriptions and photographs. 2013 

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 D5981/8/1-6 Celebrations and Prizes [Mid 20th century-21st century] 

 D5981/8/1 Certificates for competitions entered by Gilwern Women's Institute (7 items) c.1954-c.1963 

 D5981/8/2 Correspondence detailing entry in 'Woman's Own' magazine competition for handicraft 1960 

 D5981/8/3 Pamphlet detailing the 'Golden Jubilee at Home Day' 1965 

 D5981/4/1-2 Birthday Telegrams received by Gilwern Women's Institute - one for a 21st birthday and the other for a generic birthday [Mid 20th century] 

 D5981/8/5 65th Anniversary Baton certificate awarded to Gilwern Women's Institute 2014 

 D5981/8/6 Irish Countrywomen's Association Golden Jubilee Commemorative booklet, sent to Govilon Women's Institute c.1960 

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 D5981/9/1-20 Other material relating to Gilwern W.I. and the wider W.I. community [20th century] 

 D5981/9/1 Attendance Register for Gilwern W.I. Jan 1964 

 D5981/9/2 National Federation of Women's Institutes Membership Card [Mid 20th century] 

 D5981/9/3/1-2 Gilwern Women's Institute Programmes 1968-1969 

 D5981/9/4 General information leaflet on the work of the National Federation and County Federations [c.Mid 20th century] 

 D5981/9/5 Poster for 'County Feasts and Festivals Regional Show' [c.Mid 20th century] 

 D5981/9/6/1-4 County News - Published by Breconshire Federation of Women's Institutes (4 items) Mar 1968, Oct 1969, Apr 1970, Oct 1970 

 D5981/9/7/1-3 Home and Country Magazine -Women's Institutes of Hereford, Monmouth and South Wales edition Dec 1965, Jun 1966, Jun 1970 

 D5981/9/8 Newspaper cuttings referring to Women's Institute in Gilwern [Mid 20th century] 

 D5981/9/9 National Federation of Women's Institutes Publications 1968, 1972 

 D5981/9/10 Prints used for Gilwern W.I. tea towels - showing locations and buildings within the area [21st century] 

 D5981/9/11 Itinery of 'Exhibition of Handicrafts' at Victoria and Albert Museum, London Mar 1960 

 D5981/9/12 Associated Country Women of the World leaflet providing information on aims and membership [Mid 20th century] 

 D5981/9/13 Leaflet on 'Keep Britain Tidy' - a group which originated in a resolution of the National Federation of Women's Institutes in 1954. [Mid 20th century] 

 D5981/9/15 An issue of 'The Countrywoman' - The magazine of the ACWW 1962 

 D5981/9/16 Breconshire Federation of Women's Institutes - Report of National Federation Organisation Sub-Committee on the Institute's programmes c.1959 

 D5981/9/17 National Federation of Women's Institutes of Wales and Monmouthshire Annual Conference - lunch menu May 1968 

 D5981/9/18 Gilwern Women's Institute Programme - details officers, committee members and events 1972 

 D5981/9/19 Breconshire Federation of Women's Institutes - Exhibition 'The Craft Shop Window' Apr 1968 

 D5981/9/20 Appointment of Tellers and Tellers Chart for the balloting of members [c.Mid 20th century] 

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