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Avec Archives

 

The collection of Avec papers is unique and extraordinarily valuable. Some are in open files, others embargoed until 2020. It contains, for instance, a vast number of position and briefing papers about work situations and projects by those involved in them. These papers profile situations, describe the practitioners’ beliefs and approaches, the opportunities and difficulties they faced and the help they needed. Some notes of the analytical and consultative discussions which led to designing work programmes are also included and, in some cases, reports. The intrinsic value and reliability of this material is high: it was presented to get help and was thoroughly examined by groups of practitioners and work consultants — some notes of which are available.

The main sections are:

The Avec section is the most extensive and includes papers related to:

All this work was treated as action research and fully recorded and evaluated by the participants themselves, the staff and trustees, and through an independent research programme.

Catalogue

See the description of Avec Archives: Annotated Catalogue. A Supplement to the Catalogue is available only in the archives.

Location

Gibbs' Room archives

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The archives are housed in the Wesley and Methodist Studies Centre, Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford.(The Studies Centre was formerly in Westminster College.) The archives can be viewed and studied in the Gibbs' room. Enquiries concerning access to the archives to the Methodist Heritage Co-ordinator (Archives and Art) at:

The Wesley Centre, Oxford
Westminster Institute of Education
Oxford Brookes University
Harcourt Hill
Oxford OX2 9AT
UK

Tel: 01865 488319
Fax: 01865 488317
E-mail: pforsaith@brookes.ac.uk
Web site: wwwbrookes.ac.uk/schools/education/wco/msuindex.html
Library catalogue: http://opac.brookes.ac.uk:8001/wes

The Centre is normally open on weekdays 9.00 am to 5.00 pm and at other times by arrangement. Please check with the Heritage Co-ordinator (Archivist) that the archives will be open at the time you would like to use them. On arrival please register at reception.

How to Reach Westminster Institute of Education

A location map and travel instructions are obtainable from:
The Institute, Telephone: 01865 488600 Fax: 01865 488666.
Website: www.brookes.ac.uk/schools/education/reachus.html!