Fonds SO 137 - Records of the Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes

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SO 137


Records of the Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes


  • 1918-2006 (Creation)

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136 boxes

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Administrative history

The first Women's Institutes were founded in Norfolk in 1918. There were 22 which included Barnham Broom and District, Ditchingham, Hardingham, Hethersett, Hickling and Hingham. The Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes was founded on 1 February 1919. From 1952, the Federation's office has been based at Evelyn Suffield House, 45 All Saints' Green, Norwich. The house was named after the Federation's first Chairman and President, Lady Evelyn Suffield. The Office, which is staffed by a full-time Federation Secretary and other staff, acts as a meeting place for all the Federation's sub-committees.
Supports Women's Institutes in Norfolk in a variety of ways including administrative, publishing the 'WI Gazette', and organizing training, events and activities.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 13 March 1991 (numbered SO 137/1-223. Listed by ARM); 26 August 1993 (MS 33368 numbered SO 137/225-375); 9 February 1994 (MS 33440 numbered SO 137/376-410); 3 April 1996 (MS 33614 numbered SO 137/411-541); 16 July 1996 (MS 33629 numbered SO 137/542-557); 9 January 1997 (MS 34378 numbered SO 137/558-689); 9 February 1998 (ACC 1997/191 numbered SO 137/690-733); 19 February 1999 (ACC 1998/160 numbered SO 137/734-861); 21 June 2001 (ACC 2001/79, numbered SO 137/862-947, listed November 2012 by HV); 28 July 2004 (ACC 2004/89, numbered SO 137/1001-1113, listed November 2012 by HV); 17 October 2006 (ACC 2006/187, numbered SO 137/948-978, listed November 2012 by HV); 3 July 2008 (ACC 2008/102, numbered SO 137/979-1000, listed November 2012 by HV); 19 July 2008 (ACC 2008/116, numbered SO 137/1114-1133, listed December 2012 by HV); 22 August 1998 (ACC 2008/160, numbered 1170-1298, listed December 2012 by HV); 19 March 2010 (ACC 2009/378, numbered SO 137/1134-1169, listed December 2012 by HV).

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Contains records of the administration of the Federation and records of closed or suspended Institutes received by the Federation.

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ACC 1997/191


More accruals are expected.

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Number not used: SO 137/277

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For essays by members of various Women's Institutes in Norfolk written for the Federation's competition, 'I Remember...', 1970, see SO 47/1.

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Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes website:
Essays written for the competition, 'I Remember...,' 1970 (SO 47/1) were used to compile the book, 'Within Living Memory: A collection of Norfolk reminiscences' (Norfolk Federation of Women's Institutes, Stoke Ferry, March 1972). A reference copy is available on the searchroom shelves.

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