Our Archives


The White Ribbon Association Archives contain the records from it’s formation in 1876 to the present day.

During this time there have been a number of names adopted –

  • The British Women’s Temperance Association (BWTA) 1876 – 1893
  • The National British Women’s Temperance Association (NBWTA) 1893 – 1926
  • The Women’s Total Abstinence Union (WTAU) 1893 – 1926
  • The National British Women’s Total Abstinence Union (NBWTAU) 1926 – 1993
  • The Women’s Total Abstinence Educational Union (WTAEU) 1926 – Present. Ran in tandem with the NBWTAU
  • The White Ribbon Association (WRA) 1993 – Present


From these records we can learn about the lives of the women involved, as well as the rise and decline of the temperance movement and the growth of women’s social and public roles since 1876.

Our archive contains material from 1876 onwards. In particular there are bound volumes of the organisations periodicals, The White Ribbon Magazine, also Annual Reports, and National Minutes (we have a limited number of minute books at branch and county level). We hold correspondence plus pamphlets and books, from what was the organisation’s lending library in London. We also have a number of artefacts including trophies, badges and an impressive collection of textile banners which have recently been conserved. Click on the icon below to view some of the banners in our collection.

The archives are not currently catalogued at item level, but lists of available material can be supplied in response to enquiries.

Please click on the icon below to find out more about visiting us or send an enquiry to archives@white-ribbon.org.uk