University settlements, social settlements and educational settlements

Oxford House, Bethnal Green by Reading Tom. Sourced from Flickr and reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) licence.

Featured

Thomas Coglan Horsfall, and Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement. The first settlement to be established outside London, and an extension of its parent institution at Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel, Manchester University Settlement was nevertheless, explains Stuart Eagles, deeply rooted in the specific political and cultural history of Ancoats.

Frances Herbert Stead, Robert Browning Hall and the fight for old age pensions. Herbert Stead (1857-1928) – the Congregationalist minister who established and ran Robert Browning Hall (a settlement in Walworth, London) – was a key figure in the fight for old age pensions in Britain. We explore his contribution both to the development of the settlement movement and to winning the old age pension.

Articles

Toynbee Hall, adult education and association – The setting up of the Worker’s Educational Association is often portrayed as Toynbee Hall’s key contribution to adult education. Mark K. Smith suggests it is something else – developing the learning that arises out of the life of an association.

Settlements and social action centres. University and social settlements have pionered a range of innovations within adult education, community development and work with children and young people. We review the development of university and social settlements, educational settlements and social action centres and look at the current situation. We have also compiled an annotated bibliography and listed some useful links.

Educational settlements. Mark Freeman explores the development of educational settlements in Britain and the significant role that Quakerism played. He also outlines some of the key issues they have faced.

Manchester Art Museum and University Settlement Before the First World War. The first settlement to be established outside London, and an extension of its parent institution at Toynbee Hall in Whitechapel, Manchester University Settlement was nevertheless, explains Stuart Eagles, deeply rooted in the specific political and cultural history of Ancoats.

Frances Herbert Stead, Robert Browning Hall and the fight for old age pensions. Herbert Stead (1857-1928) – the Congregationalist minister who established and ran Robert Browning Hall (a settlement in Walworth, London) – was a key figure in the fight for old age pensions in Britain. We explore his contribution both to the development of the settlement movement and to winning the old age pension.

John Scott Lidgett and Bermondsey Settlement. Lidgett established Bermondsey Settlement in 1891. It was to be the only Methodist settlement and provided an opportunity for better-off Methodists to live in a deprived area and to share the lives of people there.

Poverty and opportunity – 100 years of Birmingham Settlement. Jon Glasby reviews the development of the settlement – and highlights some of its achievements.

Residential settlements and social change. A distinguishing feature of the settlement movement is a community that lives and works among the most marginalised to achieve social change. Luke Geoghegan explores the importance of the residential concept; its past, present and potential future with reference to Toynbee Hall. 

“The playground of today is the republic of tomorrow”: social reform and organized recreation in the USA, 1890-1930’s. Linnea M. Anderson explores the development of organized recreation programmes in the American settlement and playground movements. She examines core themes and methodologies. These emphasized the relationship between organized play, health, character, and democracy.

Settlements and adult education. A review of adult education practice in social and educational settlements.

In the archives

Jane Addams: socialized educationJane Addams’ (1910) discussion of the educational contribution of social settlements – Chapter XVIII of Twenty Years at Hull House.

Jane Addams: The subjective necessity for social settlements. This important piece exploring the motives of settlement house workers was first published in 1892 and later appeared as chapter six of Twenty Years at Hull House (1910).

Samuel Barnett – University Settlements: Samuel A. Barnett’s (1898) review of the contribution of university and social settlements.

Educational Settlements Association – Community Education. This 1938 publication provides an insight into the work of educational settlements at the time.

Working girls’ clubs. Emmeline Pethick (1898) reflects on early, feminist, and highly innovative work with girls and young women. She was later to be one of the central organizers of the Women’s Social and Political Union.

Will Reason: Settlement and education. Overview of educational provision in early university and social settlements (1898).

Robert A. Woods (1899) University settlements: their point and drift. In this important piece, Woods reflects on the development of settlement work in the United States and argues for the fostering of association, co-operation and common welfare.

Robert A. Woods (1912) The recovery of the parish. Originally an address, this piece makes a strong argument for neighbourhood fellowship and association and looks to role that churches can, and should, play in their cultivation.

Thinkers and pioneers

Jane Addams (in preparation)

The Barnetts and Toynbee Hall (to be extended)

Mary Parker Follett

John Scott Lidgett

Frances Herbert Stead

Mary Ward and the Passmore Edwards Settlement

Robert A. Woods

Try thinkers for other key theorists.

Key ideas

animation

association

informal learning

Links

Jane Addams: Biography, bibliography + links from the Nobel Prize site.

Samuel Barnett: Entry in the Dictionary of National Biography

International Federation of Settlements and Neighbourhood Centres

Urban experience in Chicago: Hull House and its neighbours, 1889-1963. Excellent collection of source materials

British settlements

Barton Hill Settlement

Toynbee Hall

Mary Ward House: history prepared by NISW

Social action centres

Community Links

Educational settlements

Bristol Folk House

Letchworth Educational Settlement

Percival Guildhouse

American settlement houses

Jane Addams Hull House Association

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Home Page: useful historical and biographical detail.

Northwestern University Settlement House

United Neighbourhood Houses New York

University Settlement – America’s First Social Settlement

Acknowledgement: Oxford House, Bethnal Green by Reading Tom. Sourced from Flickr and reproduced under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) licence. http://www.flickr.com/photos/16801915@N06/6952364737/

Last Updated on