TitleRecords of The Dockland Settlement No. 2, Isle of Dogs
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Extent93 files, 7 volumes and 24 items
AdminHistoryThe Dockland Settlements were founded by the playwright Sir Reginald Kennedy-Cox. The first was in Canning Town and the second (Dockland Settlement no. 2) was established on the Isle of Dogs in 1923. It occupied buildings erected in 1905 as the Welcome Institute the primary purpose of which had been to provide help for local factory girls. The first Warden of the settlement was Harold Kimberley (who held the post for twenty-seven years) and initially the Settlement's work was mainly concerned with the needs and welfare of the adult population. Subsequently work was extended to cover the whole age range from the very young to the very old.

Activities included outings, holidays and camps and a wide range of sporting and cultural activities including sailing and drama. Individual groups within the Settlement have included the Millwall Pigeon Racing Club, the 6th Poplar Scout Group, the 31st City of London Army Cadet Unit and the Isle of Dogs Sea Cadet Unit. The Settlement survived a threat of closure in the 1990s following a financial crisis and continues to provide a wide range of youth and community services for the residents and community of the Isle of Dogs.
CustodHistThe records which were deposited via the Island History Trust in 1997 consist mainly of photographic material, miscellaneous administrative records and ephemera. Some attempt to arrange the photographic material had been made prior to deposit and this arrangement has largely been maintained. The records were catalogued by Elizabeth Culver in July 2004.
Related MaterialNewspaper cuttings and other printed material relating to Dockland Settlement No. 2 are held in the Local History Library.
Papers of Harold Kimberley, P/KIM
Isle of Dogs
London Docklands
Community development
Social welfare
Access StatusOpen
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