Reference number
  • TEG
  • 1883-1929
  • Collection
  • The collection comprises minutes of council for the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland, 1883-1929. Additional papers relating to administration of charitable funds by the Thrift and Benefits Committee and the Guild's liquidation in 1929
  • 7 boxes (5 [MSS.59], 2 [MSS.413])
Admin history
  • The Teachers' Guild began in 1883, and was formally incorporated in 1885 as the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland. The Guild was established as a central professional body to promote the welfare and independence of teachers and create a closer bond amongst members of the profession. The Guild operated through a number of committees, of which the most significant were the Political Committee, the Education Committee and the Thrift and Benefits Committee. In 1916 the Guild established an Education Reform Council and from 1907 it administered the Anna Westmacott Trust, a charity for female teachers set up in 1897. In 1921 it became the Education Guild. It went into voluntary liquidation in 1929, at which point the funds of the Anna Westmacott Trust and those of the Teachers' Guild Benevolent Fund were passed over to four trustees, one of whom was to be a representative of the Association of Assistant Mistresses.
  • This collection has been weeded for duplicates.
  • The collection is arranged in chronological order.
Finding aids
  • A catalogue is available to file level both online and in paper format in the Centre's searchroom, on-line, at the National Register of Archives in London and in Chadwyck-Healey's National Inventory of Documentary Sources.

    An authority file exists for the Teachers' Guild (GB 0152 AAR1598) and its later incarnations, the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland (GB 0152 AAR1208) and the Education Guild (GB 0152 AAR1207). Authority files also exist for the related organisations: the Association of Assistant Mistresses (GB 0152 AAR1202), Anna Westmacott Trust (GB 0152 AAR1209), the Education Reform Council (GB 0152 AAR1206), and the Teachers' Guild Benevolent Fund (GB 0152 AAR1605).
Access status
  • Open
Related Material
  • The Modern Records Centre also holds the Papers of the Association of Assistant Mistresses
  • Labor unions and education -- Great Britain