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Scope and Content:
  • Records of the National Council of Women of Great Britain, formerly the National Union of Women Workers. The records cover a wide variety of material. Minutes from many of the committees created by the NCW including the Executive Committee minutes from 1904, and Annual Reports from 1947 to 1993 can be found along with material relating to property and premises belonging to the NCW. There is a large series of information files which cover topics from Slavery and Prostitution to Animal Welfare and fireworks, as well as a series of publications by the NCW. The largest series is that of the Branch and Regional records which consist of minutes, accounts, reports and papers from many of the branches and regions.
Extent: 25.43 linear metres
Classification: ASSOCIATIONS
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • The National Council of Women of Great Britain was founded in 1895 as the National Union of Women Workers. This resulted from the work of a number of women engaged in the care of girls, who realised that many of the difficulties of these girls arose from unsatisfactory working conditions. They formed themselves into small groups which became the National Union of Women Workers. In 1918 its title was formally changed to the National Council of Women of Great Britain. In 1951 it became an incorporated body governed by a Memorandum and Articles of Association.

    The aims of the National Council of Women of Great Britain are defined as:-
    * To promote the establishment and maintenance of human rights for the people of the United Kingdom.
    * To work to improve the quality of life for all.
    * To secure the removal of discrimination against women and to encourage the effective participation of women in the life of the nation.
    * To act as a co-ordinating body to which societies with similar aims may affiliate.
    * To affiliate to the International Council of Women, forming a link with the National Councils of Women throughout the world, and to work for international peace and understanding.

    The National Council of Women is made up of regional councils each with many local branches. Representatives from all over the country attend committees considering all aspects of life. Branches, Regions and Affiliated Societies can put forward resolutions to the annual conference. Resolutions ratified by the annual conference become NCW policy and are presented to Her Majesty's Government and all other local and national relevant bodies.
Creator: National Council of Women of Great Britain x National Union of Women Workers
Copyright: Copyright rests with the originating body.
Source of Acquisition:
  • Records deposited in November 1995, with further accessions in 1999 and 2001.
  • B99/035
  • ACC/3613
  • B01/079
  • ACC/3665
Access Restrictions: The records are open and available for consultation
Physical Condition: Fit
Arrangement: The records have been arranged in the following order:
Committee Minutes and Reports: ACC/3613/01;
Finance and Property: ACC/3613/02;
Correspondence and Papers: ACC/3613/03;
Office Manager: ACC/3613/04;
Conferences: ACC/3613/05;
Reports and Publications: ACC/3613/06;
Branch Closures: ACC/3613/07;
Branch and Regions Records: ACC/3613/08;
Photographs: ACC/3613/09.
Publication Notes:

For futher information see "The National Council of Women. The First One Hundred Years" by Daphne Glick, 1995.