Scottish Women's Institutes

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The Scottish Women's Institutes (SWI), informally called "the Rural",[1] is a registered charity which promotes the preservation of Scotland's traditions and rural heritage, particularly in the sphere of household activities. It does so by means of local groups of women which meet regularly throughout the country.

It was formed in 1917 as the Scottish Rural Women's Institutes, part of the movement of rural women's institutes started in Stoney Creek, Ontario in 1897. The first meeting in Scotland look place at Longniddry in East Lothian.[2]

The name changed to Scottish Women's Institutes in 2015.[3]

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  1. ^ "About the SWRI". Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  2. ^ "History of the SWRI". 1964-06-29. Retrieved 2013-05-27. 
  3. ^ Ltd, Designline. "Learn about the Scottish Women's Institutes, formed in 1917, for all women in Scotland.". Retrieved 2015-06-19.