WEA History and Archives
Originally constituted in1903, the WEA are proud that its founding principles still stand strong 110 years later. Exploring our archives brings this rich history to life and reinforces the values that we operate by today.
The WEA central archive, which is managed by London Metropolitan University and attached to the TUC Collection, is a free to use resource that is open to everyone and provides access to a wide selection of documents, publications and images. The collection also includes bound volumes of The Highway, the WEA’s influential magazine which was published from 1908 to 1959.
Search the archives
You can use the online catalogue to search the current archive stock and plan a visit by making an appointment with LMU’s librarian, Jeff Howarth.
Most local branch and district archives can be found at County Record offices or within University libraries, demonstrating many long standing partnerships. A good starting point for searching for local records is the National Register of Archives.
We are currently exploring ways to make our archive more accessible online and aim to bring the history of the WEA and education with social purpose to the world.
Read a brief history of the WEA