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The Women’s Library, 4 Oct 2016

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)
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