Lady Allen of Hurtwood Papers

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Minutes and subject files re: Adventure Playground Associations, 1953-1974; publications, 1956-1975; articles and addresses by Lady Allen and others, 1937-1970; photographs, n.d.; various appeals on behalf of children, 1948-1972; files re: the Curtis Committee on the care of children, 1942-1970; correspondence with family and friends, 1914-1973; material re: Advisory Council on Children's Entertainment Films, 1944-1972; correspondence and articles re: horticulture and landscape gardening, 1924-1970; correspondence re: John Lewis Partnership, 1939-1940; articles and speeches re: nursery education, 1934-1973; minutes from World Organisation for Early Childhood Education, 1946-1975; personalia, 1943-1976; items re:Bedales school, UNICEF, 1915-1971; press cuttings, 1927-1974.

Administrative / Biographical History

Lady Allen was born in 1897. Landscape architect and campaigner for pre-school education. Vice-president, Institute of Landscape Architects, 1939-46. Chairman, Nursery Schools Association of Great Britain, 1942-48; President, 1948-51. Founder-President, World Organisation for Early Childhood Education. Chairman, United Nations Children's Fund 1950-51. She died in 1976.

Her husband, Clifford Allen, was born in 1889. He was Secretary and General Manager of the Daily Citizen newspaper, 1911-1915, and was 3 times imprisoned as a Conscientious Objector during the period 1916-1917. He was Treasurer and Chairman of the Independent Labour Party, and returned to publishing in his role as Director of the Daily Herald, 1925-1930.

Reference: Chris Cook and David Waller, The Longman Guide to Sources in Contemporary British History 2: Individuals(Longman, 1994) Dictionary of National Biography (CD-ROM)(Oxford, )

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Archivist's Note

The bulk of Clifford Allen's papers can be found at the University of South Carolina. Authority files exist for both Lady Allen (GB 152 AAR0695), and her husband Clifford (later Baron) Allen (GBR 0152 AAR0696).

Custodial History

The papers were purchased by the Centre, shortly before Lady Allen's death in 1976.


  • April 1994 Several albums of press cuttings relating to Lady Allen and her husband, 1st Baron Allen of Hurtwood, were transferred to the Centre by their daughter.