WI Centenary

Items are given to the museum right through the year and several items have been donated in the run up to Christmas. Yesterday’s photo of George Baker was one of them and here is another.

Banner made by Market Lavington and Easterton WI to mark the centenary of the first WI in the UK.

Banner made by Market Lavington and Easterton WI to mark the centenary of the first WI in the UK.

This is a quilted banner to represent the Market Lavington and Easterton Women’s Institute as part of a celebration of the centenary of these institutes within Britain. The first WI in this country was set up in 1915 and was seen as a way of encouraging country women to produce food to help with the war effort. The first meeting was held on 16th September 1915 at Llanfairpwll on the Isle of Anglesey.

The quilter has created a downland scene, as we see in this part of the world from oddments of fabric and has embroidered on to it the vital information for the centenary.

This banner will appear again in 2019 when the Wiltshire Federation of WIs celebrates its centenary, and who knows, it could make it to 2030 when the Market Lavington and Easterton Branch will celebrate its centenary as well.

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