Education Guild, earlier the Teachers' Guild

Scope and Content

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

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.


The collection is arranged in chronological order.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See

Acquisition Information

MSS.413 were received as a gift from the Public Record Office (later the National Archives) in August 2000.

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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