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Pembrokeshire Record Office
Pembrokeshire Women's Institutes, records

Reference code(s): GB 0213 D/WI

Held at: Pembrokeshire Record Office

Title: Pembrokeshire Women's Institutes Records

Short Title: Pembrokeshire Women's Institutes, records

Creation date(s): 1920-2004

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Pembrokeshire Federation of Women's Institutes


Administrative/Biographical history: The Women's Institute (WI) movement originated in Canada in 1897. In 1915 the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI) was founded in Britain, originally as part of the Agricultural Organisation Society (AOS). Individual Institutes are self-governing and are grouped into county federations, such as Pembrokeshire FWI, which together make up the NFWI. The WI encourages women to participate in community life, cultural projects and public campaigns. Haverfordwest WI was formed in 1920, Boncath WI in 1924, and St Davids WI in 1936.


Scope and content/abstract: Pembrokeshire Women's Institute (WI) records, 1920-2004, comprising minutes, accounts, scrapbooks and other records of individual institutes, 1920-2004, including Boncath WI, 1924-1998, Burton WI, 1955-2004, Cilgerran WI, 1942-1986, Dale WI, 1927-1990, Haverfordwest WI, 1920-2002, Henner WI, 1955-2003, Newport WI (Newport, Pembrokeshire), 1947-2003, St Davids WI, 1935-1986, and Thornton WI, 1948-1977; records of the Pembrokeshire Federation, 1925-1975, including minutes, 1925-1967, and financial records, 1950-1963; and magazines of the Pembrokeshire WI Writers' Group, 1973-1978.


Language/scripts of material: English, Welsh

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Dale; Henner; St Davids; Pembrokeshire Federation; Angle; Carew Cheriton; Castlemartin; Crosswell and District; Gwaun Valley; Hermon; Jordanston and District; Lambston; Manorbier; Maenclochog; Penbryn; Rosemarket; Tiers Cross; Treffgarne; Trefin; Pembrokeshire Federation; Llangwm; New Moat; Haverfordwest; Thornton; Pembrokeshire W. I. Writers' Group; Penwaun; Boncath; Cemaes group; Cilgerran; Burton; Mathry; Newport.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

Finding aids: Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Pembrokeshire Record Office.


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Secretary, Dale Women's Institute, 1967, St Davids Women's Institute, 1977, Mrs E. M. Nash, St Davids, 1988, the Executive Committee, Pembrokeshire Federation, 1971, the County Secretary, 1974, the Secretary, Llangwm W. I., 1972, Mrs Parker, Secretary, New Moat Women's Institute, 1972, the Secretary, Haverfordwest Women's Institute, 1974, the Penwaun Women's Institute, Newcastle Emlyn, per Mr D. L. Baker-Jones, Carmarthen Library, 1983, Mrs A. James, Treasurer, Boncath Women's Institute, 1988, Mrs B. George, Fishguard, 1988, Mrs R. W. Jackson, Cilgerran, 1990, the President, Burton Women's Institute, 1992, the Secretary, Burton W. I., 1996, 2005, and the Secretary, Mathry W. I., 1993; other deposits, 1968-2004.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Pembrokeshire Record Office, Women's Institutes,catalogue; National Federation of Women's Institues website (, viewed 16 June 2005.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: June 2005

Women | Wales | Pembrokeshire | Societies and clubs
Women's institutes | Wales | Pembrokeshire

Personal names

Corporate names
Boncath Women's Institute
Burton Women's Institute
Cilgerran Women's Institute
Dale Women's Institute
Haverfordwest Women's Institute
Henner Women's Institute
Newport, Pembs Women's Institute
Pembrokeshire Federation of Women's Institutes
St David’s Women's Institute
Thornton Women's Institute

Pembrokeshire (Wales)

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