Thank you for taking a wander over! I’m Alix Hall, the Project Officer in Education Outreach at the Newsam Library and Archives here at the University of London’s Institute of Education (IOE). I’m taking over the NUWT blog from Kathryn Hannan, who began writing here to document her work while she catalogued the records of the National Union of Women Teachers.
The NUWT was set up in 1904 as the Equal Pay League with the aim of achieving equal pay for women teachers. Initially a part of the National Union of Teachers (NUT), they changed their name to the Federation of Women Teachers in 1906. In 1920, after difficulties with the NUT, they broke away to form an independent union and renamed themselves the NUWT. In 1961 when women teachers were granted equal pay the NUWT was disbanded and the papers were passed to the IOE shortly after.
Kathryn’s project, ‘A New Perspective on Education in the 20th Century: Cataloguing the Papers of the National Union of Women Teachers,’ ran for 14 months as she catalogued the approximately 370 subject file boxes.
Now that all of that cataloguing is complete, it’s time to put the collection to use! I’ll be creating and implementing opportunities for new audiences to engage with the collection. I will be working alongside the archivists to create resources, programmes, and workshops for school children, teachers, family historians, local historians, young people, adult learners, and the local community.
Please feel free to get in touch if you have any questions, ideas, or are interested in getting involved! I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.