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DC/WEF World Education Fellowship

Identity Statement
Reference code:
Title: Records of the World Education Fellowship
Dates of creation: 1920-1995
Level of description: Fonds
Extent: 70 boxes catalogued approx. 20 boxes uncatalogued.

Administrative history:
Founded in 1921 as the New Education Fellowship by a small group of progressive educationists and liberal thinkers, including Beatrice Ensor, who were heavily involved with the British Theosophical Society and the Theosophical Educational Trust, this organisation grew into a national and then international organisation, with local sections in many countries worldwide, and was re-named the World Education Fellowship in 1966. Although the Fellowship has embraced a wide range of individual philosophies, the central focus has been on child-centred education, social reform through education, democracy, world citizenship, international understanding and the promulgation of world peace. Many famous thinkers and educationists have been involved with the Fellowship and it has forged close links with academic institutions, including the Institute of Education, University of London, and with international organisations, especially UNESCO. An English Section of the Fellowship was founded in 1927 and has included amongst its prominent members, Sir Michael Sadler, Sir Percy Nunn, Sir Fred Clarke, R.H. Tawney and J.A. Lauwerys. The English Section was also instrumental in the establishment of the Home and School Council and the English Association of New Schools.

Content and Structure
Scope and content:
Records of the World Education Fellowship's including papers of the international headquarters of the Fellowship, 1921-1995 (WEF/A-B), Records of the World Education Fellowship including headquarters papers, 1921-1995; papers regarding the regional and national section of the Fellowship, 1932-1994; papers regarding conferences and other events, 1927-1995; project files, 1942-1985; papers regarding the Fellowship's relationship with UNESCO, 1946-1994; audio recordings, 1960-1971; and publications, 1920-1994. Also includes the records of the English New Education Fellowship, c.1940s-1980s, including minutes, correspondence, administrative and subject files and publications and the minutes of the Home and School Council of Great Britain, 1929-1950s.

Subject terms: Experimental schools; Progressive education; Alternative education; International cooperation; Child centred education; Democracy; Liberalism; Theosophy; Peace

Corporate names: British Theosophical Society; English Association of New Schools; Home and School Council of Great Britain; New Education Fellowship; Theosophical Educational Trust; United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation; World Education Fellowship

Conditions of Access and Use
Access conditions:
Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form. Papers are subject to 30 years closure dates, except to members of the WEF or with written permission. In cases where the papers contain personal data of living persons the files are subject to closure under Data Protection Act (1998).

Finding aids: Available on the on-line catalogue. Paper copy of the catalogue can be accessed in the Archives' search room.

Language: The majority of the collection is in English, but also includes some records in French, German, Bulgarian; Danish, Dutch, Hungarian; Italian, Japanese; Polish; Punjabi; Russian; Spanish and possibly Croatian/Serbian.