About

Hello,

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 alexandra.hall@ioe.ac.uk.

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. I have quite a story about Ruth Knowles and the “Friendship ” in the 1920″ My neice Jan Thornton will fill you in So hopefully will receive an E.Mail from you shortly .

  2. On a different subject. I came across this blog while investigating someone who has come up in some research I am doing – Miss Winifred Kirkham who was a borough councillor in Oldham 1947-51 (Liberal) and a ‘Past president of the NU of Women Teachers’. She also stood for parliament for Oldham East in 1950. Does anyone know anything about her?

    • Hello,
      Thanks for your comment and I’m happy to say I’ve found two references in my cataloguing to Winifred Kirkham! These are in a folder of Oldham branch records and in a folder on ‘Local Government’. If you drop me an e-mail – k.hannan[at]ioe.ac.uk I can give you more detailed information.
      I have a list of the Past Presidents of the NUWT and Winifred Kirkham wasn’t one of them, however it may be that she was a President of the Oldham branch.

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  4. Hello- Just a quick question- are there any current plans to put part or all of the collection online?
    I’ve just today found out that I am the Great Grand Nephew of Ethel Froud and am keen to soak up as much history as possible.

    • Hello Paul,

      It’s great to hear from you! We are actually in the midst of a digitsation project that includes making the first six years of the NUWT’s journal publication, The Woman Teacher, available online (of which, Ethel, as General Secretary, was a regular contributor). In November of 1919, she wrote one of my very favourite pieces explaining why they took on the time intensive task of writing a weekly journal… ‘Simply because we so believe in the message our paper carries that we are impelled to send it out to the women teachers, and… to commune with them on the great changes that are taking place leading to what we term “the emancipation of women”‘.

      If you send me an email (alexandra.hall@ioe.ac.uk), I could send along some digitised photographs we have of your Great Grand Aunt, and a few pages of relevant journal articles.

      In the meantime, feel free to browse our archive catalogue (http://archive.ioe.ac.uk/DServe/DServe.exe?dsqApp=Archive&dsqCmd=Index.tcl), and find out more about the NUWT collection here:http://libguides.ioe.ac.uk/nuwtcollection. If you are ever interested in making a visit to see some of the archives here in London, do get in touch.

      Best wishes,
      Alix

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