Central Labour College, North Eastern branch

Scope and Content

This collection contains: minutes of Executive Committee of the North of England branch of the Central Labour College, London, 1917-1922; minutes of the Executive Committee and annual meetings of the North Eastern Labour College, 1925-1933; Council of Labour Colleges: Darlington and District, labour class register.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Central Labour College was founded in 1909 as a result of the Ruskin College strike. Its two principal trade union supporters were the National Union of Railwaymen and the South Wales Miners' Federation. In 1911 it moved to London and acquired an extension in Kew in 1920. The college closed in 1929.

Reference: Introduction to the catalogue of the National Union of Railwaymen and predecessor archives (ref. GB 0152 127). Chapter 10 of W.W. Craik, 'The Central Labour College 1909-1929' (London. 1964) explains the evolution of local tutorial classes or "Labour Colleges" and the establishment of the National Council of Labour Colleges in 1922 as a co-ordinating body.

Access Information

This collection is available to researchers by appointment at the Modern Records Centre, University of Warwick. See http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/library/mrc/using/

Acquisition Information

This collection was deposited in the Centre by Tony Mason of the Centre for the Study of Social History, University of Warwick in 1982.

Other Finding Aids

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

Further records of the Central Labour College are held in the National Union of Railwaymen deposit (GB 0152 127/LC).