Midlothian’s 100 Objects - Scottish Co-op Women’s Guild

The report of a social event organised by the Scottish Co-operative Women's Guild, Dalkeith Branch, in 1919. Photo: Midlothian Council Local Studies/Scran
The report of a social event organised by the Scottish Co-operative Women's Guild, Dalkeith Branch, in 1919. Photo: Midlothian Council Local Studies/Scran

This image is of a 1919 report by the Dalkeith branch of the Scottish Co-operative Women’s Guild.

The importance of children in the eyes of the guild is evident as each year the members organised a Christmas party.

This page notes the benevolence of the guild towards the children of Dalkeith. At this event 250 children were fed and treated to an evening of entertainment, including music, dancing, and gifts distributed by Santa Claus.

The Co-operative Women’s Guild was formed in 1883. The Scottish section was instituted within a decade.

Its primary motives were the teaching and spreading the principles of co-operation, stimulating thought on social and political reform, to attain co-operative representation at all levels of government, and, importantly to provide women with a network to help end any sense of isolation.

Crucially, however, it would give them a voice in a democracy which had previously denied them such a privilege.

Photo: Midlothian Council Local Studies/Scran

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