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Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0074 ACC/2794
Held at: London Metropolitan Archives
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Date(s): 1894-1988
Level of description: Collection
Extent: 1.52 linear metres
Name of creator(s): London Head Teachers Association x School Board for London Head Teachers Association


Administrative/Biographical history:

The London Head Teachers Association (LHTA) was founded in 1888 and held its first conference at Saffron Hill in July of that year. It was originally called the School Board for London Head Teachers Association with membership restricted to head teachers of School Board Schools. When the London County Council became responsible for education in 1902 the name was changed to the London Head Teachers Association and all head teachers in the LCC area became eligible to join.

The founders of LHTA felt a need for an organisation which could present to the SBL the special problems which faced head teachers. A recruitment brochure of c1960 (GLRO ref: Acc 2794/108) clarifies this stating that the aims of the LHTA are to
1) advance the interests of education,
2) to formulate opinion of Head teachers in London
3) to encourage and support members in their work and
4) to safeguard the Status and interests of Head teachers in all types of schools.

One of the most important contributions made by the LHTA was the part it played in establishing a National Federation of Head Teacher Associations in 1897 (see Acc 2794/116 for further details). LHTA is now the largest branch of the National Association of Head Teachers.

The LHTA is divided into district associations each governed by its own committee (see Acc 2794/36 for Minutes of District 10). Each district sends representatives to Council, which, along with several sub-committees, for example, professional and Specialist Schools, forms the central administrative body of LHTA.

The Association celebrated its Centenary in 1988 and continues to serve the interests of education and head teachers in the Greater London area.


Scope and content/abstract:

Records of the London Head Teachers Association, formerly the School Board for London Head Teachers Association, including Minute Books; Attendance Registers; Year Books/Diaries; Handbooks; Calendars; Publications; Reports; Programmes and Tickets and Personal Papers.

The records illustrate the varied activities of the LHTA and includes a good selection of Minute Books for Council and other committees. There is also a fine series of SBLHTA and LHTA Yearbooks and handbooks which include a full list of London Schools with names of head teachers.

Records of other activities are also included, for example, menus and programmes for social functions and guides to the Annual Exhibition at Westminster Central Hall. There is a small amount of material relating to Miss Louisa La Teller Swann, LHTA president 1928-9.

Access & Use

Language/scripts of material:

System of arrangement:

Material is arranged into 10 sub-series according to record classification, e.g. minutes, registers, reports.

Conditions governing access:

These records are available for public inspection, although records containing personal information may be subject to access restrictions.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright to these records rests with the depositor.

Finding aids:

Please see online catalogues at:

Archival Information

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Records deposited in February 1990.

Allied Materials

Related material:

Publication note:

Description Notes

Archivist's note:

Rules or conventions:
Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions:
June to August 2010.

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