Eileen Alexander

Scope and Content

Contains correspondence, ephemera, agenda papers and minutes, and administrative papers relating to Eileen Alexander's involvement with various national and international organisations.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eileen Alexander (1911-2014) studied at Dartford Physical Training College and taught in two schools before she was appointed Lecturer at Homerton College, Cambridge where she rose to Deputy Principal. She was seconded into the ATS in 1941 for War Service in Anti-Aircraft Command. On release she returned to Homerton but in 1946 became a member of His Majesty's Inspectorate of Schools before being appointed Principal of Bedford Physical Training College in 1951. As Principal she oversaw a huge expansion of the College – in staff and student numbers, in the construction of new facilities and in receiving approval to award degrees and then honours degrees which was crucial to Bedford's survival.

Eileen travelled widely as a representative of physical education in the UK. She served as President of the Physical Education Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (1959-1961); UK Representative on the Council of the International Association of PE and Sport for Girls and Women (1965-1977); and was a Member of the Sports Council (1977-1985).