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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/3613

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): 1882-1995

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 25.43 linear metres

Name of creator(s): National Council of Women of Great Britain x National Union of Women Workers


Administrative/Biographical 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.


Scope and content/abstract:

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.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of 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.

Conditions governing access:

The records are open and available for consultation.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright rests with the originating body.

Physical characteristics:


Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in November 1995, with a further accession in 1999.


Publication note:

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

DESCRIPTION NOTES Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: June to August 2010.

Campaign groups | Groups
Gender discrimination | Discrimination | Social problems
Human rights advocacy | Human rights
Political participation | Political behaviour | Political sociology
Social participation | Social behaviour
Women | Sex | Sex distribution
Rights of special groups

Personal names

Corporate names
National Council of Women of Great Britain x National Union of Women Workers

London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe