British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres Archive

Scope and Content

Training papers, 1954-1988; conference papers, annual general meeting papers, Executive Committee papers, 1920-1988; financial papers, 1957-1989; campaign and networks papers, 1959-1985; membership records, 1957-1986; policy and funding papers, 1949-1989; staff papers, 1957-1987; administrative papers, 1967-1989; Publications including British Association of Residential Settlements (BARS) Bulletin , 1955-1967, house magazine of BASSAC centres BASIC , 1978-1983, weekly and monthly circulars, 1988-1990, directories and handbooks, Annual Reports and Accounts, 1968-2000, news sheets, 1965-1969, miscellaneous publications, 1943-1988.

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded in 1920 as the Federation of Residential Settlements and becoming the British Association of Residential Settlements in 1927, the British Association of Settlements in 1967, and the British Association of Settlements and Social Action Centres in 1974, the organisation represents the network of University settlements founded from 1884 and about 60 large urban community centres established from the 1960s. The settlement and social centre movement has been a consistently important source of innovation in social work practice and of influence in the formation of social work policy. The Association is linked to the International Federation of Settlements, founded in 1922 and based in Derby; the settlement movement has also been very significant abroad, particularly in the United States and Japan.

Reference: Deposit file.


The archive is arranged to reflect broad categories of the organisation's work.

Access Information

Open. Access to all registered researchers.

Acquisition Information

The collection was deposited by the British Association of Settlements & Social Action Centres, April 1999.

Other Finding Aids

Please see the full catalogue for further details

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to make any published use of any material from the collection must be sought in advance in writing from the University Archivist, Special Collections. Identification of copyright holders of unpublished material is often difficult. Special Collections will assist where possible with identifying copyright owners, but responsibility for ensuring copyright clearance rests with the user of the material.


Further deposits are expected.