Three members of Pershore WI and three community historians joined Professor Maggie Andrews and Lesley Spiers on a visit to The Women’s Library, at the London School of Economics on 4 October 2016.
For all of the group apart from Maggie Andrews, this was their first visit to the Women’s Library, and for some, their first visit to a University Special Collection. After a brief introduction to the collection, the volunteers spent 2 hours looking at a variety of archive documents relating to the voluntary and political activities of women in Worcestershire during and immediately after WW1.
Documents consulted included:
- Manuscript notes for a speech by Millicent Garrett Fawcett, 9 Feb 1915 (Ref: 7MGF/E/4/15)
- Correspondence of the International Women’s Temperance Society concerning Mrs Dixon’s lecturing tour of Britain, 1919-1920 (Ref: 3AMS/C/04/03)
- Papers concerning the first Women’s Institute School, c.1918 (Ref: 5FWI/H/03)
- Annual reports of the National Federation of Women’s Institutes, 1918-1950 (Ref: 5FWI/A/2/2/02, 04-06
- Suffrage pamphlets, 1907-1913 (Ref: PC/06/396-11/27)
- Records of the Girls Friendly Society in Worcester, 1911-1932 (Ref: 5GFS/02/203)