Women’s Institute Centenary Event

Tuesday 08 September 2015
10.30am - 6.00pm

100 Not Out! Celebrating the first 100 Years of the WI

Singleton and East Dean Women’s Institute (WI), the first WI in England, will host this once in a lifetime event on Tuesday 8th September 2015, from 10.30am – 6.00pm at the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton.

Showcasing everything that the WI does best, activities will run throughout the Museum site on this special day. Click here to view the full programme.

Arts & Crafts Through The Ages

Location: Downland Gridshell Building

WIs from West Sussex will create their own displays commemorating the year in which they were each founded. Each display will comprise a selection of craft items, including: a flower arrangement, decorated 8” cake and a child’s dress (knitted, sewn or crocheted). The displays will be judged prior to the event opening and awarded prestigious prizes.

The Power of Creating!

Location: Crawley Hall, 12.00pm and 2.00pm

Deborah Harwood, owner of The Textile Space and West Sussex Woman of the Year in Arts 2014, will be presenting ‘The Power of Creating!’, an inspirational seminar on how to start a sketchbook  for all your creative ideas, thoughts and plans. Tickets subject to availability as seats are limited.

100 Years of Inspiring Women

Location: Building Crafts Gallery

The WI’s enduring ethos is that of inspiring women. This display will feature the most inspiring women from each decade since the formation of the WI, s nominated by WI members. Visitors will have the opportunity to vote for their own most inspiring women from each decade.


Regular Museum admission prices cover full access to the WI displays, the Museum and its collection of buildings and its 40-acre site.

We hope that every West Sussex WI can attend and join in the fun!