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This can include all manner of material including both official documentation and random ephemera which have been deemed important enough to deposit in a recognised archive.

To find out what material there might be and where it is, you can try the following online search portals:

Every county has a local authority record office which will hold many records relating to the relevant administrative county.  In addition, there are a wide range of specialist repositories.
Your nearest county office is Worcestershire Archives & Archaeology Service at the Hive

Holds a collection of records relating to the administrative county of Worcestershire, including

  • public records for health, education, the local and county councils, Health Boards, Boards of Guardians (including poor relief, workhouse, child welfare and health records pre-1930)
  • ecclesiastical records: parish records and magazines, church organisations, parish council minutes, poor law etc
  • private records: individual or family papers, records of large estates or of societies and organisations
  • business records
  • Media recordings like audio, oral history & film


The LSE Special Collections include material relating to a wide range of topics including

The People’s History Museum and Labour History Collections, Manchester

The National Co-Operative Archive, Manchester

The records of the National Birthday Trust Fund are held by the Wellcome Collection

The Museum of English Rural Life

The National Archives: archive document facsimiles and case studies relating to Women’s Suffrage in the early 1900s

University of Manchester Library: collections relating to the Women’s Suffrage Movement

UNESCO Women’s Suffrage documents: digital images of eight documents from the Parliamentary Archives and the Women’s Library which were recognised by UNESCO on their Memory of the World UK Register in 2011 

VADS  Visual Arts online collection: in particular, see the Imperial War Museum Posters of Conflict  collection and Women’s Library Collection of Suffrage Banners




Formidable Women of Worcestershire

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