Records of the Workers Educational Association, East Midlands district,1919-1957

Scope and Content

The collection comprises the following series. All records relate to the East Midlands districtof the association unless otherwise stated:

  • Financial papers, 1941-1959 (We A).
  • Meeting minute book, correspondence, administrative records and financial papers for Derbyshire, Moira and District, and Oakham branches, 1942-1958 (We B).
  • Postage books, 1957-1958 (We C).
  • Index cards recording lectures given, 1955-1958 (We L).
  • Annual reports of the Workers Educational Association districts but not including East Midlands district, 1936-1955 (We R).
  • Copy letter book for Selston branch, 1919-1920 (We S).
  • Records of approved and organiser tutors, 1948-1958 (We T).
  • Records of the Workers Educational Trades Union Committee, mainly financial, 1944-1951 (We U).
  • Miscellaneous items, 1946-1960 (We X).

The records of the East Midlands district comprise routine administrative and financial records. Sadly, core series such as meeting minutes, annual reports and accounts for the district as a whole are absent.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Workers Educational Association was founded in 1903 to provide learning opportunities foradults from all walks of life, but especially those who may have missed out on learning in earlylife, or who were socially and economically disadvantaged.

Details of the setting up and composition of the East Midlands district have not beenascertained. The records in this collection indicate that the district consisted of many branches.Derbyshire, for example, operated independently with ambitious teaching programmes of its own. Areassuch as Hucknall, Leicester and Oakham had their own branches. The district and the branches ranlecture programmes and courses and had separate policy committees.

The association and its East Midlands district was still in existence in 2002.


The collection has been divided by document type into nine series. Within these series, itemshave been arranged chronologically.

Access Information

ACCESS: Access to series We T which contains personalinformation is restricted but the rest of the collection is accessible to all registeredreaders.

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

Other Finding Aids

NOTE: Copyright on all Finding Aids belongs to the University of Nottingham.

  • In the reading room of The University of Nottingham's Department of Manuscripts and Special Collections: Typescript Catalogue 5pp
  • At the National Register of Archives, London: Typescript Catalogue 5pp

Separated Material

Other collections, particularly those of association branches and districts, are recorded on the National Register of Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

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 TheDepartment will try to assist in identifying copyright owners but this can be difficult and theresponsibility for copyright clearance before publication ultimately rests with the person wishingto publish.


Custodial History

The bulk of the collection was acquired by The University of Nottingham's Department ofManuscripts in 1962. The copy letter book of the Selston branch (We S) was acquired from a differentsource in October 1977.

Related Material

The Trade Union Congress Library, University of North London: records of the WorkersEducational Association nationally, 1903-1998. WEA