Reference number
  • CLC
  • 1907-1961
  • Collection
  • Minutes, 1912-30; reports of annual meetings, 1911-12; some financial records, 1917-30; some correspondence and administrative files, 1920-9; curriculum, 1922; publications.
  • 6 boxes
Admin history
  • The Central Labour College was founded in 1909 as a result of the Ruskin College strike. Its two principal trade union supporters were the National Union of Railwaymen (NUR) and the South Wales Miners' Federation (SWMF). In 1911 it moved to London and acquired an extension in Kew in 1920. In 1915 the college was officially recognised by the Trades Union Congress, and in 1921 it became the centre of the National Council of Labour Colleges, a national network of colleges.The CLC closed in 1929 when financial support from the SWMF was no longer available.
    Reference: W.W. Craik, 'The Central Labour College 1909-29' (London, 1964).
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Centre also holds records of the Central Labour College, North Eastern branch.