Not all Jam and Jerusalem: Find out More about the History of the Women's Institute at Series of Events

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A series of events marking the centenary of the first English Womenís Institute meeting will be taking place at The Hive next month as part of the nationwide Being Human Festival of the Humanities.

Starting with an exhibition, from November 17-22, the events will explore the many roles of the Womenís Institute during wartime Britain Ė proving they did much more than make jam and sing Jerusalem.

The exhibition will feature images, artefacts and information about the history of the Womenís Institute Movement, formed 100 years ago by womenís suffrage campaigners to improve the nationís food supply in WW1. It will be on display throughout The Hive.

On Wednesday, November 18, from 10am to 4pm, there will be a special activity day with an opportunity to view a play on the WI history, short films and a chance to learn about or become involved in activities WIs undertook in wartime. Visitors can take part in evacuation surveys, knitting, rag-rug making, explore wartime recipes and sample WW1 food. University students are also being invited to take part in a WW1 bake-off competition, in which they will bake cakes at home and bring them in for WI members to judge.

The following day, on Thursday, November 19, Professor Maggie Andrews, Cultural Historian at the University of Worcester, will deliver a talk, titled Not all Jam and Jerusalem, which will be enhanced by some films and newsreel footage of the WI in WW2. The talk begins at 6.45pm.

Finally, the events conclude on Friday, November 20, with a day of workshops aimed at Worcestershire Womenís Institutes, focusing on how to research your WIís history and how to look after and preserve your WIís records and archives.

For more information on all the events, or to book your free place at any, please visit