Swarthmore Celebrates Centenary

Part of the ECA’s history will be celebrated at an event in Leeds.


The event which takes place at the Swarthmore Education Centre on Tuesday 16th June 2009 see’s the launch of ‘Swarthmore’s Century – A Leeds Experiment In Adult Education 1909-2009’. The publication has been written by Tom Steele, a tutor organiser for the WEA at Swarthmore from 1975-1988, with a forward by the current president of the centre Martin Wainwright.


The centre, a founder member of the ECA and one of the oldest education centres in Britain, was founded by the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), to broaden the education of its Adult School leaders in biblical and theological matters. Over the years it has aimed to provide education for all, especially those who may not feel at home in more formal institutions. The centre remains true to this aim and continues to provide ‘friendly learning’ within a genuine commitment to equality of opportunity. Over the years thousands of adult learners have benefited from its combinations of liberal, vocational and creative arts programmes.


To see a summary of the findings of the publication and details on how to order it please click here.


The event runs from 7.00 – 9.15pm and features a lecture by Tom Steele about the hundred years of the centre.


Date Added: June 12th 2009