Letchworth Settlement, 1920–2020
A century of creative learning
Author: Kate Thompson
“Excellently illustrated throughout from the Settlement Archive, held either at The Garden City Collection or at The Settlement, newspapers and other key resources, each chapter is enhanced by illustrations and endnotes. There is also a bibliography and index. A valuable addition to the bookshelves and of interest to historians and educationalists.”
About the book
“Attractively presented and full of illustrations from the Settlement’s own archive, not to mention 10 colour plates and original front cover artwork by former resident, Vanessa Stone, this book is a real celebration of a hundred years of the Settlement, an independent adult education centre. Kate Thompson, our former Hertfordshire county archivist, is well qualified to distil such a mass of material into a lively, readable and interesting account.” Ruth Jeavons, Herts Past & Present
Letchworth Settlement, an independent adult education centre, is one of the treasures of the world’s first garden city. Starting life in 1920 as Letchworth Adult Education Settlement, it soon became part of the wider Educational Settlement Association, following the example of Toynbee Hall in London, and is now one of few such institutions still in existence in 2020.
In its early days, the Settlement embodied the ideals of the young garden city with its ethos of self-help. There was a strong belief that everyone was entitled to an education and to fulfil their potential; the unemployed in the town were regularly helped with free classes and meals.
ISBN: 978-1-912260-29-4 Format: Paperback, 148pp Published: Oct 2020
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