Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre

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Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre is a Quaker college in Selly Oak, Birmingham, England.

The only Quaker Study Centre in Europe,[1] it was founded by George Cadbury in 1903 and occupies his former home on the Bristol Road. Woodbrooke's first Director of Studies was the biblical scholar J. Rendel Harris.[2] Other early staff included Horace Gundry Alexander.[3]


The college was extended between 1907 and 1914 by the addition of a new wing, a new common room and Holland House, a men's hostel. By 1922 it was estimated that 1,250 British students and 400 foreign students had attended the college.[4]

It provides short courses on personal spiritual growth, theology, creative arts, and training for Quaker roles. It is also available for conferences.

It is associated with a number of nearby adult education colleges, known collectively as Selly Oak Colleges.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Current Job Openings with Quaker and Other Organizations". Quaker Information Centre. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  2. ^ Kennedy, Thomas C. (2001). "Woodbrooke". British Quakerism, 1860-1920. Oxford University Press. pp. 180–182. ISBN 0-19-827035-6. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 
  3. ^ a b Carnall, Geoffrey (2006). "Gandhi’s Interpreter: a life of Horace Alexander". 
  4. ^ Stephens , W. B., ed. (1964). "Religious History: Protestant Nonconformity". The City of Birmingham. A History of the County of Warwick. University of London & History of Parliament Trust. pp. 411–434. Retrieved 2009-02-01. 

4. A History of Woodbrooke College 1953 - 1978 by F Ralph Barlow

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Coordinates: 52°25′52″N 1°56′53″W / 52.4311°N 1.9481°W / 52.4311; -1.9481