Papers re the National Council of Labour Colleges

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

This small collection includes minutes, agenda, reports and memoranda relating to the activities of the National Council of Labour Colleges in the period 1951-1954. There is also a file of letters relating to the appointment of a new Principal at Ruskin College in the 1940s.

Administrative / Biographical History

The National Council of Labour Colleges (NCLC) was established in 1921 with the aim of encouraging self-education amongst the working classes and acted as a co-ordinating body for the labour colleges movement. In 1926 it took over the Plebs League, a marxist educational and political organisation, and continued printing the organisations' Plebs' Magazine. The NCLC eventually merged with the Workers' Educational Trade Union Committee in 1964 to form the Trades Union Congress Education Department.

Conditions Governing Access

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Conditions Governing Use

National Council of Labour Colleges

Custodial History

Donated by Prof. John Saville, Department of Economic and Social History. It appears some of Saville's personal papers were deposited under the reference U DX70 but were subsequently moved to the main sequence of his papers under U DJS (see p.24 of the publication 'The Labour Archive at The University of Hull - Philip Larkin Memorial Series No.2'). Remaining material related to the National Council of Labour Colleges and also to the Humber Amalgamated Steam Trawlers', Engineers' and Firemen's Union. In June 2016 these discrepencies were spotted and the remaining material in U DX70 was split to create two collections: material currently within U DX70 now relates only to the National Council of Labour Colleges, whilst material relating to the Humber Amalgamated Steam Trawlers', Engineers' and Firemen's Union is now catalogued under U DX393.

Related Material

Material held in other repositories:

Papers of the National Council of Labour Colleges [NCLC], London School of Economics

Papers of the National Council of Labour Colleges [Acc 5120], National Library of Scotland

Papers of the National Council of Labour Colleges [MSS.127/LC], Modern Records Centre at Warwick University