Catalogue description Records of Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1

This record is held by London Metropolitan Archives: City of London

Details of A/TOY
Reference: A/TOY
Title: Records of Toynbee Hall, 28 Commercial Street, London, E1

Toynbee Memorial Fund


1 Minute Book 1884-1890


2 Correspondence 1884-1900


Toynbee Hall


3 Education Committee minute book 1913-1930


4 Grand or Residents Meetings minute book 1950-1958


5 Annual reports 1884-1894


6 Letters to Lord Milner 1913-1923


7 'Historical letters of E. St. J. Catchpool' 1912-1932


8 Financial reports 1888-1936


9 Universities' Settlement in East London memorandum and articles of association etc 1884, 1951, 1954


10 Educational syllabuses and evening courses 1927-1958


11 Music and drama societies, pamphlets, plays etc 1907-1934


12 Toynbee Travellers Club, visit to Florence 1888


Toynbee Travellers Club, visit to Siena 1890


13 Toynbee Theatre, accounts, regulations etc 1946-1958


People's Palace tenancy agreement & correspondence 1948, 1961


14 Night visits, London University Students Weekends 1934-1938


15 Correspondence relating to Oxford and Cambridge 1936-1937


Study Week visits 1950


16 American and European seminars 1921-1938


17 Annual report 1926


Visitors' books 1885-1945


18 Toynbee Hall Jubilee 1935


19 Press cuttings 1949-1957


20 Toynbee Journal 1885-1886


Toynbee Outlook 1935-1939


21 Pamphlets on the history of Toynbee Hall etc 1957


22 Miscellaneous articles etc 1888-1956


23 Essay on East London Post 1940


24 Barnett House Oxford 1916-1929


25 Plans, mainly of Toynbee Hall 1886; 1937-1938


26 Photographs and other miscellaneous material c 1889-1958


27 Slides and copper plate N.D


28 Further records of E. St J. Catchpool 1925; 1964

Date: 1884-1961
Held by: London Metropolitan Archives: City of London, not available at The National Archives
Language: English

Toynbee Hall

Physical condition: 1 The records of Toynbee Hall were decimated by war damage; one wing of Toynbee Hall, including the library, received a direct hit during the Second World War.
Immediate source of acquisition:

Deposited in the Greater London Record Office, The County Hall, London, SE1 7PB 26 May 1967



Custodial history:

2 Before the records were deposited, the files and bundles were listed and numbered by staff of the National Register of Archives. These numbers are noted on the present list with the prefix HMC.

Administrative / biographical background:

Toynbee Hall was founded by the Revd. Samuel Barnett, later Canon Barnett, in 1884. It was named after Arnold Toynbee the social philosopher and economist, who had died the previous year. Although the idea that those studying poverty and unemployment should live among the poorer classes was not new, Toynbee Hall was innovatory because the students lived together'in a fellowship like that of a college' (Preface to Toynbee Hall by J. A. R. Pimlott). This 'University Settlement' was the first of its kind in the world and the model for many others both in Great Britain and abroad.


For a detailed account of the history of Toynbee Hall searchers should consult J.A.R. Pimlott: Toynbee Hall Fifty Years of Social Progress 1884-1934 (London Dent 1935). A copy is available in the Greater London History Library. Personal papers of Canon Barnett including correspondence, sermons and lecture notes have also been deposited in the Greater London Record Office ref. F/BAR.

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