Pages: 160
Illustrations: Colour photos throughout
Publication Date: 24 May 2018


The Educational Heart of the WI

Introduction by Val Horsler

Hardback(Showcase Edition only)
About the book

The first fully illustrated history of Denman, the WI's much-loved centre for learning.

You can purchase Denman directly through the college from May 17 2018. Visit for more information.

Celebrate the magic of Denman and 70 years of history with this lavishly illustrated gift. With never-before-seen images from the rich archives, Denman is the perfect souvenir for past and present students of Denman.

From the beginning, this educational venture was shared among the WI, each county even banding together to furnish separate rooms of the college. Seventy years later, Denman is still the WI's centre for learning, offering a wealth of opportunities to acquire new skills in cookery, craft and lifestyle - a reflection of the activities which the WI has fostered since the earliest days.

This engaging book follows the establishment of Denman as a centre for education, through the development and expansion of the buildings and landscape, to student life and the exciting future plans for the college. Denman is a delightful collection of fond memories, a superb present for budding students and a fascinating visual behind-the-scenes guide to life at Denman.

'When Lady Brunner, the then National Chairman, proposed at the 1945 AGM that the WI should have its own college, I wonder how many members would have believed that 70 years after it opened, Denman would still be a centre for excellence and learning unrivalled in today's busy world?

In the early days, students shared a dormitory, took turns in making early morning tea, made their own beds and even helped prepare meals. Present-day students now experience beautiful ensuite accommodation, their own personal tea and coffee making facilities and delicious food served at their tables. Times may have changed, but the ethos of Denman remains.

Denman is a haven for members and non-members alike to find valuable time for themselves in their busy lives, whether it's to develop an existing interest, start a new hobby or just relax and have fun with like-minded people.

As Lady Brunner's vision moves into its eighth decade, this wonderful book tells the story of Denman in pictures and celebrates its Platinum Anniversary - 70 years of learning and laughter.'

- Lynne Stubbings, Chair NFWI

Additional Information

Endorsement The first fully illustrated history of Denman, the WI's much-loved centre for learning.
Pages 160
Illustrations Colour photos throughout
Publication Date 24 May 2018
About the Author Val Horsler has worked for many years as a writer for English Heritage and her recent works include Women's Century: An Illustrated History of the Women's Institute.
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