Published works of NIACE, the National Institute of Continuing Adult Education,1914-1985

Scope and Content

The collection comprises:

  • Printed reports and publications relating to aspects of adult education. These items discuss:adult education in Australia, West Germany, Rhodesia and Nyasaland (now Zimbabwe), Kenya, and theUK; aspects of extra-mural education provided by universities; the use of television, radio andother audio-visual media in adult education; and printed reports and meeting papers of internationaladult education and library organisations. The bulk of the series cover the period 1944-1969.1921-1985 (EDN 1);
  • File of manuscript notes of 'The University and the People', a lecture given by educationistAlbert Mansbridge (1876-1952) and two photographs of him, 1914-1927 (EDN 2).

Administrative / Biographical History

The aims of the National Institute of Continuing Adult Education are to: promote the study andgeneral advancement of continuing education; advance the interests of adult learners and potentiallearners; and increase the opportunity and the total number of adults engaged in formal and informallearning in England and Wales. NIACE is a non-governmental organisation and a registered charitywith headquarters in Leicester and Cardiff.


The items in the collection have been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Accessible to all registered readers.


Other Finding Aids

This description is the only finding aid available for the collection. Copyright in thedescription belongs to The University of Nottingham.

Conditions Governing Use

REPROGRAPHIC: Reprographic copies can be supplied for educational use and private study purposesonly, depending on access status and the condition of the documents.

COPYRIGHT: Permission to make published use of any material from this collection must be soughtin advance in writing from the Keeper of the Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections(email The Department will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but the responsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the reader.

Custodial History

NIACE's resource library was given to The University of Nottingham in 1991. This collection,containing what is deemed to be rarer printed items acquired by the institute, was transferred toThe University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections in June 1994.