Scope and Contents
The archives comprise the full range of institutional operational records, together with the personal papers of several individuals - James Stuart, Helen C. Colman, Richard G. Moulton, D.H.S. Cranage and G.F. Hickson - closely associated with the organisation.
Conditions Governing Use
Requests to publish text should be addressed to the Director of the Instute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall, Madingley, Cambridge CB23 8AQ.
Biographical / Historical
The Local Lectures Syndicate was established in 1873 with James Stuart (1843-1913), Fellow of Trinity College and later Professor of Mechanism and Applied Mechanics, as its Secretary. From the mid 1860s, Stuart had been actively involved in the Extension Movement which aimed to bring higher education to men and women outside the Universities by means of lecture courses and classes. In its first year, the Syndicate organised lectures in the Midlands towns of Nottingham, Derby and Leicester. After five years, the conduct of lectures and classes was handed to the other University Syndicate with extra-mural responsibilitites, the Local Examinations Syndicate (established 1857); thereupon renamed the Local Examinations and Lectures Syndicate. It was operating in all parts of industrialised England by the 1880s, supplemented by an annual residential Summer Meeting in Cambridge, and as time went on, by vacation and summer courses of all kinds. The Extension Movement was instrumental in the foundation of several local University Colleges, among them Exeter, Nottingham, Leeds and Sheffield. The Board of Extra-Mural Studies, continuing the work in adult education of the Syndicate, was established in 1924. It was renamed the Board for Continuing Education in August 1991 and re-established as the Institute of Continuing Education in January 2001. Accommodation was provided in offices in Mill Lane, 1886-1927, Stuart House, Mill Lane, 1927-75, and Madingley Hall, Madingley, from 1975 to date.