A major aim of the Changing Faces project was create an historical archive containing both participants’ accounts of their experiences during this historical period and the documents that were circulating at the time. We have carefully catalogued and stored all the materials we collected.

Digital versions of the interview transcripts are stored in the UK national Data Archive.

The documentary archive is physically stored in the library at Lancaster University.

The collection is listed in a catalogue which can be accessed here to search for specific items. Download catalogue.

This database also lists items in the Lancaster Literacy Research Centre collection at Lancaster University.
We hope that these archives will be a useful resource for those studying, or with a general interest, in literacy, numeracy and ESOL between 1970-2000.

The Interview Archive

This consists of digital versions of 116 semi structured recorded interviews carried out with practitioners and key people in the field of adult literacy numeracy and ESOL, plus 71 structured recorded interviews with adult learners using the NCDS data base held at the Institute of Education. This data is unpublished and consent/copyright permission has been granted

The Documentary Archive

Material for the documentary archive came from groups that we visited, requests at practitioner events and in newsletters as well as on these web pages. A number of individuals donated their personal collections to the archive.

Archive items include papers and documents from campaign groups, minutes from meetings, local and national policy initiatives and programmes, media campaigns; dissertations and theses that cover this area and histories that have been written about specific groups, organisations, policy or geographical areas. We have also collected examples of worksheets, schemes of work and teaching resources, photographs and other artefacts.

Links to Key Documents

A Right to Read BAS

SKills for Life Strategy DES 2001

Archive Requests

We continue to update the documentary archive and to locate rare items.

Please see the Archive Requests page for further information.

To contact us about something you have that we might be interested in please e-mail the project co-ordinator on:

Archive Links

To visit other related archives go to Archive Links.




Link to City University Link to the Institute of Education Link to the ESRC