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(NIH) National Institute of Houseworkers - graduate’s diploma badge (1940’s / 1950’s)

The National Institute of Houseworkers (NIH) was set up in 1946 to provide free training of domestic workers for placement in private homes and from the early 1950’s much of the NIH’s work was directed at training domestic workers for employment in Local Authority Home Help services. The NIH also sought to raise the standard of domestic work as a skilled trade as well as advocating for better terms of employment and minimum rates of pay. At its peak (1950), the NIH had around nine training centres throughout Britain and in its early years trained between 200 and 300 domestic workers annually. By the mid-1950s onwards, the number of centres and trainees had been drastically cut due to curtailment of government funding.


NIH training was usually of six months duration and those who successfully completed the course were awarded the NIH Diploma in Housecraft along with the badge. The training was designed for young women who were seeking domestic work posts in hospitals, residential homes, hotels, colleges, boarding schools as well as domestic service in private homes.


Would anyone know when the NIH was wound-up? The latest reference I came across was 1965 and they were certainly active in 1963.



References: (Parliamentary discussion about financing of the NIH also contains general information too). (Leaflet cover from 1954 showing the NIH badge).



Enamels: 1 (green).

Finish: Gilt.

Material: Brass.

Fixer: Pin.

Size: 1” x ¾” (about 25mm x 20mm).

Process: Die stamped.

Imprint: No maker’s name or mark. The following text is imprinted on the reverse side PROPERTY OF N.I.H. 53 MOUNT ST. LONDON. REGD. DESIGN NO 851974 (1947/48) and the number 6724 hand-stamped.



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Taken on September 20, 2012