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History of the WEA

A WEA Group in 1915The WEA has been providing education for adults throughout the country for over one hundred years. It was founded in 1903 to improve the learning opportunities of the working class by bringing together supporters of the working-class education movement from the churches, the Co-operative Movement, trade unions and the University Extension Movement.

Along the way the WEA has accumulated a vast amount of historical information, including minutes from meetings, publications, annual reports and much more. Looking through the archive gives an insight on how the WEA grew into one of the UK's biggest charities.

All this information is catalogued and stored in the WEA archive situated at London Metropolitan University. It is free to visit and is also where the Trade Union Congress (TUC) library is situated

To download the free WEA Archive Catalogue click here


Read 'A brief History of the WEA'




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