Reference number
  • CNE
  • 1917-1933
  • Collection
  • This collection contains: minutes of Executive Committee of the North of England branch of the Central Labour College, London, 1917-1922; minutes of the Executive Committee and annual meetings of the North Eastern Labour College, 1925-1933; Council of Labour Colleges: Darlington and District, labour class register.
  • 1 box (3 items)
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 and the South Wales Miners' Federation. In 1911 it moved to London and acquired an extension in Kew in 1920. The college closed in 1929.

    Reference: Introduction to the catalogue of the National Union of Railwaymen and predecessor archives (ref. GB 0152 127). Chapter 10 of W.W. Craik, 'The Central Labour College 1909-1929' (London. 1964) explains the evolution of local tutorial classes or "Labour Colleges" and the establishment of the National Council of Labour Colleges in 1922 as a co-ordinating body.
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
Finding aids
  • A copy of this collection-level description is available in paper format in the Centre's searchroom. A file level catalogue is also available in the Centre's searchroom, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's 'National Inventory of Documentary Sources'.

    An authority record exists for Central Labour College: North Eastern Branch (GB 0152 AAR1038); Council of Labour Colleges: Darlington and District, (GB 0152 AAR2266); North Eastern Labour College, (GB 0152 AAR2267).
Access Conditions
  • There are no restrictions on access to these papers.
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • Further records of the Central Labour College are held in the National Union of Railwaymen deposit (GB 0152 127/LC).
  • Working class, Education, Great Britain