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Richard Henry Tawney: An introduction

Introduction to the R H Tawney Archive

Collection snapshot

 Who was R H Tanwey?

A distinguished social and economic historian, Tawney lived and  worked at the University Settlement, Toynbee Hall, in the East End of London and then lectured at Glasgow University from 1906-1908.  Tawney joined the Executive Committee of the Workers' Educational Association (WEA) in 1905, serving for over forty years. Between 1913 and 1949 he worked at the London School of Economics. He was a Christian Socialist and proponent of democratic education. Tawney took an active part in discussions on educational reform and exercised influence on policy-making in the area of education.

The collection relates to Tawney's work in the field of education. It includes correspondence, including with Shena Simon, Harold Shearman and members of the government on various subjects such as educational reform and post-war reconstruction, adult education, the school leaving age, day continuation schools, fees in secondary schools, democracy and education, and the role of religion in education. Further papers comprise Tawney's writings, collected publications, press cuttings on educational matters, and University Grants Committee agendas and circulated papers (1944-1950).

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