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Morley College

Categories: Education, Social Welfare

This college has its origins in the temperance Royal Victoria Coffee and Music Hall. In 1882, using the back-stage and the dressing rooms of the theatre, Emma Cons introduced Tuesday “penny” lectures. In 1889, funded by an endowment from Samuel Morley, the Morley Memorial College for Working Men and Women opened, still using the theatre spaces. In the 1920s Lilian Baylis raised funds enough to acquire the current site on which to run the College, separate from the theatre.

The Victorian building was lost in WW2 but a 1937 extension by Maufe survives (the western wing of the current site). The post-war buildings are by Charles Cowles-Voysey and Brandon Jones and were completed in 1958.

2020, 3 February: Morley College officially merged with Kensington and Chelsea College.

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Morley College

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Morley mosaics - WBR - Caroline Martineau

Caroline Martineau, born 1844. Caroline was one of the earliest teachers at M...

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Morley mosaics - WBR - Emma Cons

Emma Cons, born 1838. Emma was a politician, suffragette, educationalist,busi...

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Morley mosaics - WBR - Eva Hubback

Eva Hubback, born 1886. An early English feminist and suffragette, Eva became...

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Sir John Kirk

Sir John Kirk

J.P., Christian philanthropist, the children's friend.  Not to be confused with Sir John Kirk (1832-1922), the African explorer.  Sir John's great great grandson, Peter Mitchell, contacted us to sa...

Person, Children, Education, Philanthropy

1 memorial
Peter Hill

Peter Hill

Elizabethan seafarer. With Robert Bell he co-founded the St Mary Rotherhithe Free School, to educate the sons of local seafarers.

Person, Education, Philanthropy, Transport

1 memorial
Alec Dickson

Alec Dickson

Community educationist. Born Alexander Graeme Dickson at Duxhill Lodge, Ruislip. He served in Africa in World War II, where he began to formulate his ideas for mass education. He returned in 1948 a...

Person, Education, Africa, Hungary

1 memorial
Sir John Cass's Foundation

Sir John Cass's Foundation

From the picture source website: "In 1710 Cass set up a school for 50 boys and 40 girls in buildings in the churchyard of St Botolph-without-Aldgate. Intending to leave all his property to the scho...

Group, Education

4 memorials