WMC - The Camden College
WMC - The Camden College, London
We offer a diverse range of daytime, evening and weekend courses for adults (aged 19 and over) in art, design, crafts, ceramics, jewellery, book binding, fashion, textiles, media, performing arts, music, languages, ESOL, English and Maths, as well as vocational courses in computing, administration, teaching support, adult health & social care, hair & beauty and childcare.
WMC – The Camden College, historically known as Working Men’s College (WMC), is the oldest surviving adult education institute in Europe, was founded in 1854 and was associated with the Cooperative Movement and the Christian Socialists, stemming, from the same tradition that led later to the Worker’s Educational Association. The Working Women’s College, founded 10 years later in 1864, finally merged with WMC in 1967. Early supporters of both have included F D Maurice, John Stuart Mill, Tom Hughes, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Ford Maddox Brown, Walter de la Mare and Octavia Hill. Originally based in Red Lion Street, we have been in this listed building in Camden Town since 1905. We have continued to develop the tradition of liberal education and today the College serves the whole community, with women, unemployed and refugee students forming the majority of the student body. We have grown rapidly in recent years but are still small enough to know all our students and to respond to their individual needs. WMC – The Camden College was designated as a Specialist Designated Institution (SDI) under the 1992 Further Education Act.