Lois Louden Papers

Scope and Content

The collection includes Louden's research of Education, specifically, but not limited too, Methodist and Church of England Church Schools. The collection also includes papers from Louden's professional activities including her work with the Lancaster County Council, and the Methodist Church. There is also material from Louden's personal life. The collection includes reports, correspondence, research notes, general notes, newspaper clippings, photos, floppy discs, CD's, and general documents. The collection includes photocopies of materials held in other Archives, including the National Archives, some of which is from the 19th century.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lois Mary Robertson Louden, known as Lois Louden (1938-2015). Louden was an Educationist, Maths Teacher, Academic, Consultant, Methodist, Historian of Education, and Author who specialised in working with Church of England Schools. Louden attended the University of Nottingham from 1956 to 1960 where she completed a BSc in Mathematics and Statistics, followed by a Post-Graduate Certification of Education. From 1960 to 1964 Louden worked as an Assistant Mathematics Teacher for Bilborough Grammar School, Nottingham. From 1964 to 1970 Louden was the Head of Mathematics at Westwood High School, Leek, Staffordshire. From 1970 to 1974 Louden completed a PhD in Comparative Education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. From 1974 to 1975 Louden lectured in the History and Philosophy of Education at Nottingham College of Education. From 1975 to 1990 Louden worked at St Martin's College of Higher Education, Lancaster as Principal Lecturer in Education, Head of Educational Studies, and Director of College Research. Post 1990, Louden worked as a Freelance Consultant with the Lancashire LEA Governor Training Team, and carried out occasional commissions for the Church of England Board of Education concerning training for the government, management and administration of schools. Louden was also the Vice-Chairman on the Board of Directors, of the Lancashire Ambulance Service Trust and a part time Lecturer at Lancaster University Department of Educational Research. In 1992 The National Society together with Culham College Institute and the Southwark Diocesan Board of Education published a practical guide, co-authored by Lois Louden and David Urwin, called Mission, Management and Appraisal to help governing bodies respond to the new challenges of inspection and the higher expectations of the level of their involvement with and support for their school. The work was well regarded. Additionally, Louden authored an article titled Church School Inspection: a guide for schools of the Church of England and the Church in Wales . Lois Louden also volunteered as an Education Advisor for Blackburn Church of England Diocese, District Education Officer for the North Lancashire District of the Methodist Church, Governor of Ripley St Thomas Church of England High School Lancaster, in addition to various appointments in the Guide Association. Louden also published widely on Educational and Religious Administration, including a 2011 book titled Distinctive and Inclusive, The National Society and Church of England Schools 1811-2011 . Lois Louden died in April 2015.


The collection was received in a variety of boxes, some of which were labelled clearly others not. Individual files and items in many of the boxes did not match their labels, or their surrounding content. Large parts of the collection appeared to be disorganised and entirely random. Many documents had printing on both sides, that were not related. In other words Louden, or someone else, had often printed content on the other side of a used sheet of paper. Nevertheless, parts of the collection were clearly arranged and this has been preserved where possible. In Series 1, Subseries 1 to 3 represent original box headings, and subseries 5 represents a common topic. The other subseries have been arranged by function, research type, and content. In Series 2, their is a distinction made between Louden's personal professional documents (such as her C.V.) and her work with the Methodist Church, in addition to her work in Lancaster, and PhD materials. Louden had a box specifically with materials relating to local schools in Blackburn, this has been retained. Series 3, has no subseries and goes straight to file level.

Conditions Governing Access

Please consult the Visiting the Library webpage containing access information for external visitors. The archives and special collections are available for consultation by special appointment only. To arrange an appointment please email specialcollections@hope.ac.uk . Allow at least 24 hours notice. Please note that, in line with other archives and special collections, we require personal identification, and may, in some circumstances, ask you to provide references from your research supervisor or other suitable person or body.

The collection is open to any accredited reader. However, to protect confidentiality and in compliance with the Data Protection Act 2018, access to some items containing information relating to living individuals is restricted. The collections are reference only and must be consulted in the Reading Room with the supervision of the Special Collections Librarian. For more information about our collections and archives please visit the Archives and Special Collections webpages.

Acquisition Information

The Culham St. Gabriel Trust.

Other Finding Aids

All catalogued archives' excel spreadsheets are available to download from the 'Archives and Special Collections' About Us webpage, under the Finding Aids tab.

The monograph collection can be browsed using the online Library Catalogue. Narrow your search using the advanced search tool by Location: Lois Louden.

Archivist's Note

Papers arranged and described by Sean Macmillan, July 2017, (Fonds to Subseries Level).

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies and photographic copies can be supplied for private study purposes only, depending on the condition of the documents.

A number of items within the archive remain within copyright under the terms of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; it is the responsibility of users to obtain the copyright holder's permission for reproduction of copyright material for purposes other than research or private study.

Prior written permission must be obtained from the Library for publication or reproduction of any material within the archive. Please contact the Special Collections Librarian, The Sheppard-Worlock Library, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD.

Appraisal Information

No items were removed.

Custodial History

The Lois Louden Papers were donated to Liverpool Hope University by the Culham St. Gabriel Trust. Prior to being in the ownership of the Culham St. Gabriel Trust they were compiled and maintained by Lois Louden.


None expected

Related Material

Lois Louden monographs in The Sheppard-Worlock Library, Liverpool Hope University (part of Special Collections).