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Records of the Manchester Women's Christian Temperance Association and Police-Court Mission to Women
Records of the Manchester Women's Christian Temperance Association and Police-Court Mission to Women
Manchester Women's Christian Temperance Association, Lancashire Police-Court Mission, Manchester, Lancashire1880-2000
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Central records:Executive Committee minutes 1880-1945, 1950-1985, 1985-1992 and attendance registers 1938-1964; Grove Retreat Committee minutes 1893-1919; Police Court Sub-committee minutes 1915-1922, 1925-1937; Citizens Brewster Sessions Committee minutes 1931-1936 and membership 1933; First Aid Committee minutes 1917-1918; Catering Committee accounts 1935-1940; Sale of Work minutes 1937-1939; Manchester and Salford Total Abstinence Centenary Committee (set up under auspices of WCTA) minutes 1932; Treasurers Report Book on Sewing Class for Hospital Comforts 1916-1917; Financial records 1953-2000; Central administration c.1904-1992.Branch records:Heaton Moor minutes 1916-1931, accounts 1902-1932, and membership 1930; Withington minutes 1923-1944, 1946-1963 and accounts 1903-1963; City 'Y' membership 1926-1930; Chorlton minutes 1929-1938; Irlams o' th' Height minutes 1931-1934 and roll book 1929; Whalley Range minutes 1937-1946, accounts 1936-1946, membership 1939-1946; Little White Ribboners membership 1936-1941.The Band of Hope: information leaflets.British Women's Temperance Association papers including: presidential addresses of Lady Henry Somerset delivered before the Council 1890-1892; minutes of annual council meeting 1892; circular letters c1892-c1893; programme and plan of work 1893-1894; delegate's copy of annual report 1893; White Ribbon Hymnal; White Ribbon ConstitutionNational British Women's Total Abstinence Union: 'A Home Away from Home' undated booklet describing story of the White Ribbon canteens on service during the Second World War and since; Annual Reports; 'A Century of Service' 1876-1976 describing the history of the Union; White Ribbon magazines 1986-1989.Related Material:Annual reports are available in the Local History Library (178.06 M10)Place:Lancashire
Records of the Manchester Women's Christian Temperance Association and Police-Court Mission to Women
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The Manchester Women's Christian Temperance Association which was affiliated to the British Women's Temperance Association was formed in 1875 and soon grew establishing branches throughout the city and surrounding area. The Police Court Mission was a very important element in their campaign and helped to pioneer social work among women appearing in the police courts. The Grove Retreat for Inebriate Women, licensed under the Inebriates act of 1879-1888 was opened in July 1890 and was soon full, with many applications having to be refused every year. The basis of the Association was unsectarian and the object 'to raise common womanhood by teaching self-control and self-denial'
The records were deposited in the Archives Department on permanent loan in January 1978 by the Hon. Treasurer, Mrs. W. Watkins. Further deposits here made in September 1978, May 1984, Nov 1994 and 2000.
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Old Accession Number: 2000/31 1994/2 Nov
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