This year marks the centenary of the Womenâ€™s Institute (WI). Formed to encourage country women to get involved in growing and preserving food, the womenâ€™s institute movement in Britain started in 1915, during the First World War. On 16 October 1917 the National Federation of Womenâ€™s Institutes was formed and Lady Denman was elected Chairman. Lady Denman had previously worked for the Women’s Branch at the Board of Agriculture.
WhileÂ the National Federation of Womenâ€™s Institute and DenmanÂ archive is held by the Womenâ€™s Library, at the London School of Economics and Political Science Library, I was interested to see what records there are in The National Archives.