Teachers' Guild

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The collection comprises minutes of council for the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland, 1883-1929.

Administrative / Biographical 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.

Reference: Mss 413


The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Conditions Governing Access

There are no restrictions on access to these papers.

Acquisition Information

The papers were received as a gift from the Public Record Office in August 2000.

Other 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 152 AAR1598) and its later incarnations, the Teachers' Guild of Great Britain and Ireland (GB 152 AAR1208) and the Education Guild (GB 152 AAR1207). Authority files also exist for the related organisations: the Association of Assistant Mistresses (GB 152 AAR1202), Anna Westmacott Trust (GB 152 AAR1209), the Education Reform Council (GB 152 AAR1206), and the Teachers' Guild Benevolent Fund (GB 152 AAR1605).

Conditions Governing Use

There are no restrictions on the use of this archive, apart from the requirements of copyright law.

Appraisal Information

This collection has been weeded for duplicates.


Further deposits are not expected.

Related Material

The Modern Records Centre also holds the Papers of the Association of Assistant Mistresses which contains further papers of the Teachers' Guild.