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Albert Mansbridge

(1876-1952), Founder of the Workers' Educational Association

Sitter in 17 portraits
What today would be called a 'self-starter', Mansbridge became an Anglican lay reader, a copyist in the Board of Education, attending evening lectures at the Battersea Polytechnic, and in 1896 a clerk with the Co-operative Wholesale Society in Whitechapel. Mansbridge is regarded as one of the most influential and creative figures in adult education. He and his wife, Frances Pringle founded the Workers' Educational Association in 1903 with 2/6d from the housekeeping. By 1905 it had a thousand members, a hundred affiliated bodies and eight Branches. Mansbridge was the workers' representative on the Asquith Commission (1919-22) on the reform of the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

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Albert Mansbridge, by John Mansbridge - NPG 3987

Albert Mansbridge

by John Mansbridge
oil on canvas, 1947
NPG 3987

Albert Mansbridge, by Howard Coster - NPG x22813

Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22813

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Albert Mansbridge

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1932
NPG x186473

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
print, 1945
NPG x22814

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22815

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22816

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22817

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22818

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
bromide print, 1945
NPG x22819

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x23701

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x23702

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x23703

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x23704

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x23705

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x23706

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x23707

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Albert Mansbridge

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1945
NPG x23708

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