Letchworth Settlement, 1920–2020
A century of creative learning
Author: Kate Thompson
About the book
Letchworth Settlement, an independent adult education centre, is one of the treasures of the world's first garden city. Starting life as Letchworth Adult Education Settlement, it soon became part of the wider Educational Settlement Association, following the example of Toynbee Hall in London, and is now one of few such institutions still up and running.
In its early days, the Settlement embodied the ideals of the young garden city with its ethos of self-help. There was a strong belief that everyone was entitled to an education and to fulfil their potential; the unemployed in the town were regularly helped with free classes and meals.
In 1925 the Settlement moved to the former premises of the Skittles Inn in Nevells Road, which it still calls home today. Despite a lack of funds, the number of classes grew steadily and associated societies were formed, including the Settlement Players and the camera club (both still in existence) as well as a choir and orchestra and rambling and camping clubs.
ISBN: 978-1-912260-29-4 Format: Paperback, 96pp Published: Oct 2020
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