Women's International League Banner
Banner made of ribbed cream cotton. It has borders made of green and yellow silk with a pattern of oakleaves and acorns. The centre of the banner has a picture of a globe with the words CROYDON W I L embroidered in green and gold silk thread. The banner hangs from a wooden, bark covered pole. There is a hanging loop above the pole made of dark green silk cord which hangs down either side of the banner. The ends of the cord are trimmed with gilt tassels. W I L stands for ""The Women's International League for Peace and Freedom"". It was founded in the Hague in 1915 and the Croydon and District Branch was established in about November 1917. Founded during World War One, the League was based on the principles of ""right rather than might, and of co-operation rather than conflict in national and international affairs"". It believed in internationalism, pacifism (it was in favour of disarmament) and humanitarianism. The Croydon branch organised lectures and fundraising events and was sometimes involved in political lobbying. It closed down in June 1976. The minutes of the Croydon branch of the WIL are now looked after by Croydon Archives Service. At a meeting on 8th January 1934, there was a proposal to make a banner, which could be this one.
whole: 890 x 800 x 30 mm
Women's International League of Peace and Freedom
National & International | Politics & Economy
Museum of Croydon | Area 3 | Kiosk 3
Croydon Museum and Heritage Service