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Gwent Archives
Oxford House Educational Settlement, Risca, records

Reference code(s): GB 0218 D2357

Held at: Gwent Archives

Title: Oxford House Educational Settlement, Risca, Records

Short Title: Oxford House Educational Settlement, Risca, records

Creation date(s): 1931-1981

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: (Information to be supplied)

Name of creator(s): Oxford House Educational Settlement, Risca

CONTEXT

Administrative/Biographical history: During the 1920s, the Lord Mayor of London made an appeal to help people impoverished by industrial strife. In response, the Mayor of Oxford's Mining Distress Committee was formed to organize and dispatch aid to coalmining areas, including Risca, Monmouthshire. Some public utility works at Risca were subsidized and relief in other forms was contributed. By 1931, the Oxford fund was running low but a yearly grant was made by the Educational Settlements Association to the Oxford Committee to develop and Educational Settlement in Risca. Mr and Mrs David Wills took up posts as joint wardens of the Educational Settlement at Oxford House, Risca. They were both experienced practitioners; in particular, David Wills had been a brother at Wallingford Farm Training Colony, studied at the University of Birmingham from 1927-29 for a Diploma in Social Studies, and was awarded the William Straight Fellowship at the New York School of Social Work at Columbia University, where he did his psychiatric social work training from 1929 to 1930. He was the first British man to do this psychiatric social work training. The Willses settled in Risca at a place called Hillside. This remained the site of Oxford House until 1937, when a house called 'The Grove' was purchased and became the new Oxford House.

CONTENT

Scope and content/abstract: Records of the Oxford House Educational Settlement, Risca, 1931-1981, including minutes, 1932-1975; minutes of corresponding organisations, 1930-1971; financial records, 1934-1966; correspondence and reports, 1931-1972; newspaper cuttings, 1931-1959; miscellaneous, 1938-1981.

ACCESS AND USE

Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged into the following: Oxford House minutes; Minutes of corresponding organizations; Financial records; Correspondence and reports; Newspaper cuttings; Miscellaneous.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply.

Finding aids: A hard copy of the catalogue is available in Gwent Record Office.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records deposited at Gwent Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Source not recorded

ALLIED MATERIALS

DESCRIPTION NOTES

Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: Compiled by Richard Burman for the ANW project. The following source was used to compile this description: Gwent Record Office, Oxford House Educational Settlement, Risca, catalogue.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: February 2006


INDEX ENTRIES
Subjects
Adult education | Wales | Risca
Oxford House Educational Settlement | Archives

Personal names

Corporate names
Oxford House Educational Settlement, Risca

Places
Risca (Wales)

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