Heaven Consists of Working Men’s Clubs: The origins and early years of the Club and Institute Union 1860- 1920

Author: Glyn Edwards

Price: £2.00 incl. P&P

  • ISBN: 0-9524970-4-2
  • Published: 2000
  • Publisher: PLACE


There were great changes in the lives of British people between 1860 and 1920, driven by industrialisation and rapid population growth. There were also changes in attitudes towards poverty, community, voluntary activity and the role of the state. The Working Men’s Club and Institute Union was an important organisation, offering working people places for relaxation. By 2000 there were c.4000 clubs and 4 million members. This booklet is a scholarly history of the movement, illustrated by black and white photographs.