Archive centreWhitehaven
ReferenceYDSO 71
TitleWhitehaven Townswomen's Guild
DescriptionMinute books, 1937-1997; Committee minute books, 1937-1999; meetings register, 1964-1982; receipts and payments book, 1965-1986.
Extent11 volumes
ContextDeposited by Mrs L Freeman, Secretary, Whitehaven, 19 Feb 2003 (H5321).
Townswomen's Guilds are groups of women who meet together regularly to exchange ideas, discuss relevant issues, and develop new skills and interests. The movement has its roots in 1865 when a group of women joined together to press for equal franchise and, after women were given the vote in 1928, the Townswomen's Guilds was formed in 1929 to educate them in the principles of good citizenship. The Townwomen's Guilds is still committed to achieving equal status for women and fights nationally on many issues which affect women and men alike. The Whitehaven Townswomen's Guild was formed in 1937, originally meeting on the third Thursday in each month in the Masonic Hall. A committee of twelve members was elected, who in turn elected the Guild's officers. A sub-committee structure was also established with responsibilities for activities such as the trading stall, arts, handicrafts and homecrafts.

Catalogue levelFonds
Subject termsWomen's Organisations
Clubs and Societies
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