┆For Devon Federation and National Federation records, see 1618G/DF. For the records of most individual branches, whether catalogued or not, see the individual entries under 1618G/WB.
Alphington Women's Institute branch records are still catalogued separately as collection 5575G.
There is confusion between the records for Women's Institute branches at Littleham (Exmouth) and Littleham (north Devon) so the following accessions are not yet included under any branch entry:_
Accession 6246: Minutes, 1991-1999, record book, 1993-1999, Littleham (Exmouth) W.I.
Accession 7584: monthly record books, 1989-2003, committee minutes, 1988-2003, annual meeting minutes, 1950-1974, photograph album, 1933-1972, scrapbooks, 1964-2001, Littleham (Exmouth) W.I.
Accession 7939: Exmouth Branch: committee minutes, 1950-1971; record books, 1959-1991
Accession: 8854: Littleham: History of Littleham, c. 2003
Accession D2016/117: Records of the Women's Institute branch at Littleham (Bideford).
UNCATALOGUED: part of accession 7584: - account books and statements for various Women's Institutes, 1927-2003 \[ branches not identified in accession description\].
The Women's Institute movement in Britain started in 1915. During the First World War it was formed under the auspices of the Agricultural Organisation Society (AOS), to encourage countrywomen to get involved in growing and preserving food to increase food supplies.
The Devon Federation of Women's Institutes celebrated its centenary in 2020. The first Devon branch to form was Cullompton on 28th April 1917, but unfortunately it closed in 2007.
During the 1960s the Women's Institute branches continued to grow in number and the Golden Jubilee was celebrated in great style in 1965 with, amongst other celebrations, a garden party at Buckingham Palace. The Women's Institute mounted a Golden Market Place at the Ideal Home Exhibition held at Olympia, and in May 1965 held an exhibition,"The Countrywoman Today", at the Ceylon Tea Centre. There were 86 branches in Devon at that time and all apparently produced Golden Jubilee Scrapbooks.