The Workers Education Association (W E A)

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The Workers Education Association (W E A)

The education of working people had always been at the heart of Toynbee Hall’s vision.Read More

The education of working people had always been at the heart of Toynbee Hall’s vision. Samuel Barnett’s ‘University Extension’ lectures were extremely popular in the late 1880s, and led to a pioneering course of tutorials run by Albert Mansbridge. In 1903 Mansbridge, alongside R.H Tawney, founded the Workers Educational Association. The W.E.A remains the UK’s largest voluntary-sector provider of adult education and was directly influenced by Toynbee Hall.