Located AtStaffordshire Record Office
Alt Ref NoD4655; D5225; D5255; D5792, D5885, D5981, D6121, D6254, D6473, D6899, D6960, D7069 pt, D7174, D7553
TitleRecords of the Staffordshire Federation of Women's Institutes
Administrative HistoryRecords of suspended Women's Institutes are retained by the Staffordshire Federation for a period of three years. If the Institute has not been revived within that period, they are classed as closed and the records transferred to Staffordshire Record Office.
DescriptionThe Staffordshire Federation of Women's Institutes is the organisation that offers a central administration to all Institutes across the county, and liaises with the National Federation.
The main collection of the Federation's own records including minutes are contained in accession reference D5885 [202 items including records of Groups and closed Institutes].
Other records classed as Federation records that have been deposited include those of the county's input into the national reminiscence project of 1991-1992 called "Within Living Memory".
This collection also includes the records of many closed Institutes, as the records are stored by the Federation during the pre-closure period of suspension which last three years, and ownership is transferred to the Federation upon closure.

Only some of these have been fully catalogued. D6254, D6473 and D7553 are not yet fully catalogued. Please ask for further details. The minimum record for closed Institutes in these series is the final minute of suspension, but there are usually minute books of committee meetings and monthly Institute meetings, and some accounts, and often records of other activities such as scrapbooks.
D6254 contains records for Alsagers Bank, Doxey, Rangemore and Stockton Brook.
D6473 contains records for Alsagers Bank, Amington, Colwich and Little Haywood, Farewell and Chorley, Kingsley, Norton Green, Offley Hay, and "Reliance" Group (Adbaston, Broughton, Offley Hay, Seighford and Woodseaves); also newspapers of the Staffordshire Federation.
D7553 contains minutes and other papers of the Homes and Gardens Committee, newsletters, photographs and other memorabilia; additional records of closed Women's Institutes: Adbaston, Bramshall, Farewell and Chorley, Gnosall, Hanchurch, Himley, Little Aston, Newborough, Orford, Quarnford, Rocester, Shenstone, Staffordshire Honeys, Wigginton.

[Note: Records of several existing Institutes have been separately deposited as ongoing organisations, and are catalogued separately, although not all catalogues are as yet online. These include Adbaston [since closed], Broughton, Denstone, Eccleshall, Haughton, Lichfield Afternoon, Newborough (since closed), Offley Hay, Penkridge, Rough Close, Sandon, Stowe-by-Chartley, Woodseaves (since closed).]
ExtentD5885 is five boxes and 2.3 shelves of volumes
D6121 is 2 boxes
D6254 is 1 box
D6473 is 5.25 boxes
D7553 is 11 boxes
Access ConditionsMany records are not generally available for a period of 30 years by agreement with the Staffordshire Federation of Women's Institutes, and being exempt under Freedom of Information due to the possible personal nature of material relating to living individuals. This is mainly applicable to Committee minutes, accounts and membership records.
CopyrightAny questions concerning the publication of images of documents in this collection should be directed to the County Archivist, Staffordshire Record Office, Eastgate Street, Stafford ST16 2 LZ.
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