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Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies

The Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies is a collection of books, archives, photographs, objects and multi-media materials, centring on Friedrich Froebel’s educational legacy, early years and elementary education. The Archive liaises closely with the School of Education, supporting teaching and learning within and beyond the University.

The Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies was established in 1977 at Froebel College where it was located until 2006. Since its formation the Archive has grown considerably, both in its collection of material on Friedrich Froebel, in English and in German, and in its holdings relating to the history of Froebel College.

The Archive has close links with Ibstock Place School, the successor of the College’s Demonstration School which was started in 1894, and with the National Froebel Foundation, originally the Froebel Society, whose archives date back to its foundation in 1874. The Archive of the National Froebel Foundation is now stored alongside the Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies at Roehampton.

Together these elements reflect the strands which make up the history of the Froebel movement in the UK. The Archive also has a number of books on kindergartens in other countries.

The Froebel Archive supports courses at BA and MA level offered within the University which present a comparative view of early childhood philosophies. Several heavily-used books from the Archive have now been digitised for use by students and other interested readers.

For more information please contact Kornelia Cepok or call 020 8392 3323.