RepositoryChurch of England Record Centre
Alt Ref NoMWC
Extent17 vols, 148 files
TitleMoral Welfare Council
DescriptionMinutes, correspondence, papers, periodicals and annual reports of the Church of England Moral Welfare Council.

Abbreviations used in this catalogue:
ABMW = Archbishops' Advisory Board for Moral Welfare
ABPRW = Archbishops' Advisory Board for Preventive and Rescue Work
MWC = Moral Welfare Council
WCL = White Cross League
AppraisalAppraised on transfer from the records management system to the archives.
AccrualsNo further accruals expected, as the Council was subsumed within the Board for Social Responsibility.
AdminHistoryThe Church of England Moral Welfare Council (MWC) was formed in 1938-1939, through the amalgamation of the Church of England Advisory Board for Moral Welfare, and the White Cross League; its first Council meeting was held on February 19th 1939. According to the revised constitution of 1939, the aim was to act as a central council of the Church for the 'co-ordination of thought and action in relation to the place of sex, marriage and the family in the Christian life'. The Council endeavoured to realise this aim by acting as a centre for collecting and circulating information on moral welfare, which encompassed producing its own publications; providing lecturers to visit camps and towns, universities and theological colleges; and to unify the work undertaken in dioceses. Examples of the subjects addressed by the Council are reflected in the 'Topics' series, MWC/T.

In 1958 the MWC was brought under the supervision of the newly-created Board for Social Responsibility. It had not been part of the Church Assembly before, but held a more general advisory status.

For information on the predecessor bodies, see the 'AdminHistory' for ABMW.
CustodialHistoryRecords have been held by the Board for Social Responsibility, until transfer to the Church of England Record Centre in the 1990s.
AcquisitionRecords acquired through the Board for Social Responsibility.
RelatedMaterialFor records of the successor body, see the archive of the Board for Social Responsibility, BSR/MWC.

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DS/UK/3687Church of England; Moral Welfare Council; 1939-19571939-1957
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