Changing Faces Archive

Scope and Content

Changing Faces of Adult Literacy, Numeracy and ESOL: A Critital History of Policy and Practice 1970-2000. The material relates to literacy, numeracy and ESOL between 1970-2000. The archive includes policy documents, research reports, training & teaching materials, student writing & personal collections of people in the field. The study was a collaboration between Lancaster University, City University and the Centre for Longitudinal Studies at the Institute of Education, London. Material collected included documents, statistical data and oral history interviews with adults with basic skill needs, people involved with teaching and organising ABE and ESOL, and those making and managing policies. There was also a sample from the National Child Development Study. Oral interviews included experience and views of developing teaching and learning in adult literacy, numeracy & ESOL, high and low points in careers, and key moments that influenced their practice. People were asked to donate documents and teaching materials.

Administrative / Biographical History

Donated to Lancaster University Library on 2nd November 2006 by Mary Hamilton. The Archive has been catalogued using End-Note available via the website and a paper copy deposited in Special Collections. The interview transcripts from the project are deposited with the ESRC qualitative data archive.


Items are arranged thematically in boxes. Each theme is listed in their boxes alphabetically.

Access Information

Catalogue is accessible from the web page. The Oral History is available from the web link to the National UK data archive Collection items are useable within Special Collections at Lancaster University Library. Appointment must be made first in order to locate any items the user is interested in as the collection is made up of 52 boxes! Users can pinpoint what they wish to use via the catalogue prior to their visit and notify Special Collections when arranging their appointment. National UK data archiveChanging Faces Archive Catalogue

Acquisition Information

Mary Hamilton 2006

Other Finding Aids

Alternative Form Available

National UK data archive Transcripts of oral history interviews are held at the National UK data archive

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Some of the videos may need to be used on audio/visual equipment in the library outside Special Collections.

Conditions Governing Use

CLA fair dealing reproduction for research purposes only - usually up to 5% or 1 chapter. Copyright declaration to be filled in. If copying required for publication or commercial reasons then clearance needs to be obtained first from copyright owners.

Appraisal Information

This collection has remained in the condition in which it was deposited.

Custodial History

The collection was created as part of the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre by Mary Hamilton and Yvonne Hillier in 2006. Mary subsequently went on to work for the current Educational Research department at Lancaster University Library.


The whole archive consists of publications which haven't been listed elsewhere so please see links for details.

Personal Names