London Metropolitan Archives - Item Details


Date of Creation:

1883 - 1932

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Scope and Content:
  • This collection consists of 186 letters sent to or written by Samuel and Henrietta Barnett. The correspondence is from public figures, including authors, poets, artists and other social reformers.
Extent: 1.06 linear metres
Classification: COLLECTIONS
Site Location: London Metropolitan Archives
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Administrative History:
  • Samuel and Henrietta Barnett were important figures in the social reform movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

    Samuel was the vicar of Saint Jude's Whitechapel, founder of Toynbee Hall, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Education Reform League. Later he became Canon of Bristol and Canon and Sub-Dean of Westminster Abbey.

    Henrietta was the founder of the London Pupil Teachers' Association, and is widely reknowned as the founder of Hampstead Garden Suburb.
Creator: Various.
Copyright: Purchased at Bonhams auctioneers on 23 May 2000 Copyright to this collection rests with the authors and their descendants
Source of Acquisition:
  • The correspondence was purchased at auction in 2000. LMA is extremely grateful for the financial contributions made towards this by the Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust, the Hampstead Garden Suburb Archive Trust and the V&A Purchase Grant Fund www.V& <http://www.V&>
  • B00/064
Access Restrictions: This material is open for public consultation
Physical Condition: Fit
Arrangement: The auction lots in which the material was purchased is reflected in the arrangement of the collection. Within the lots there was no discernable original order, and so the letters were catalogued alphabetically by author. Some lots consisted of letters from groups of people e.g. artists, whilst others consisted of letters from one individual only. The sub-series descriptions reflect the contents of these auction lots:
A-1: Social issues;
A-2: Matthew Arnold;
A-3: Artists;
A-4: Herbert Henry Asquith;
A-5: Authors;
A-6: Robert Baden-Powell;
A-7: Edward Coley Burne-Jones;
A-8: Walter Crane;
A-9: Octavia Hill;
A-10: Edwin Landseer Lutyens;
A-11: Royalty;
A-12: Mary Augusta Ward;
A-13: H.G. Wells;
A-14: James McNeill Whistler.
Related Material: ACC/3816: Hampstead Garden Suburb;
F/BAR: Personal papers of Canon Barnett;
A/TOY: Records of Toynbee Hall;
LMA/4063: A quasi autobiography of Henrietta Barnett;
LMA/4255: Chatham Close, 005-006, Hampstead Garden Suburb;
LMA/4524: Mary Ward Settlement;
B98/048: Plans from the Building Control Office of the Borough of Barnet;

See publications in Library at LMA including 'Henrietta Barnett Social Worker and Community Planner' by Micky Watkins. Published by Micky Watkins and Hampstead Garden Suburb Trust 2011