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Glamorgan Archives
Women's Institutes, Glamorgan records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DXNO

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Women's Institutes, Glamorgan records

Short Title: Women's Institutes, Glamorgan records

Creation date(s): 1915-2011

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 0.36 cubic metres (56 volumes, 54 booklets, 5 papers, 2 files, 1 newspaper, 1 card)

Name of creator(s): Church Village; Colwinston; Cowbridge; Dinas Powys; East Mid; Garth; Kenfig; Lisvane; Llanblethian; Llandough; Llanharry; Pendoylan; Pentyrch; Porthcawl; Radyr and Morganstown; Rhoose; Southerndown; St Athan; St Fagans; St Nicholas; Taffs Well and Talbot Green Women's Institutes


Administrative/Biographical history: The Women's Institutes (W.I.) was founded in 1897 in Stoney Creek, Canada. The first attempt to establish the W.I. in the U.K. was in 1899, but it was not until the onset of the First World War that the movement gained a foot hold when women were mobilised to support the war effort in agriculture and industry. It was against this backdrop that Madge Watt, succeeded in establishing a branch of the W.I. in the U.K. under the auspices of the Agricultural Organisation Society. Originally set up to provide training and education, the W.I. has since developed into a mutual support structure for women, as well as an important lobbying voice. Individual branches are self-governing and are grouped into County Federations which together make up the National Federation of Women's Institutes. The Glamorgan Federation was established in 1923. Today, the W.I. has links with over 8 million women in some 60 countries.


Scope and content/abstract: Women's Institute Jubilee scrapbooks (various groups), 1965; Lisvane minutes, 1951-1955; Radyr and Morganstown minutes, registration certificate, attendance registers and miscellaneous material, 1957-1995; Llanharry churchyard survey, 1983; Pendoylan minutes, 1937-1965, account book, 1937-1950, minutes, 1937-1987; St Athan minute books, 1937-1978; St Fagans minute books, 1927-1962; Garth album of photographs and drawings, 1975; East Mid miscellaneous items, 1975; Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes year books, 1960-1968.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged chronologically by branch

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Archives conditions apply

Finding aids: A full version of the catalogue can be searched online at


Accruals: Accruals are possible

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Glamorgan Women's Institutes (various branches).



Archivist's note: Compiled by David Morris for the ANW project. The following sources were used for compilation: Glamorgan Record Office finding aids; A Brief History of the Women's Institute (, viewed 20 September 2004; Glamorgan Federation web page (, viewed 20 September 2004.

Rules or conventions: Description follows Archives Network Wales guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition; AACR2 and LCSH.

Date(s) of descriptions: September 2004

Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes | Records and correspondence
Women | Wales | Glamorgan | Societies and clubs

Personal names

Corporate names
Church Village Women's Institute
Colwinston Women's Institute
Cowbridge Women's Institute
Dinas Powis Women's Institute
East Mid Women's Institute (Glamorgan, Wales)
Garth Women's Institute
Glamorgan Federation of Women's Institutes
Kenfig Women's Institute
Lisvane Women's Institute
Llanblethian Women's Institute
Llandough Women's Institute
Llanharry Women's Institute
Pendoylan Women's Institute
Pentyrch Women's Institute
Porthcawl Women's Institute
Radyr and Morganstown Women's Institute
Rhoose Women's Institute | (Wales)
Southerndown Women's Institute
St Athan Women's Institute
St Fagans Women's Institute
St Nicholas Women's Institute
Taffs Well Women's Institute
Talbot Green Women's Institute

Glamorgan (Wales)

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