A collection of rare books, photographs and artefacts linked to Friedrich Froebel's educational legacy.

Let us live for our children; then will their lives bring us joy and peace and we shall ourselves begin to grow in wisdom.

Friedrich Froebel

The archive is a unique historical record of the Froebel movement in the UK. The archive was established by the Froebel Educational Institute (now the Froebel Trust) in 1977 and is now based at the University of Roehampton's library in London. The archive welcomes visitors from around the world.

Access the archive online.

e: archives@roehampton.ac.uk

t: 020 8392 3323

At its core is a collection of books, artefacts and other material donated by Joachim Liebschner relating to Friedrich Froebel (1782-1852) and his educational legacy - including the Froebel ‘Gifts’. In addition Joachim Liebschner collected further material from East Berlin, USA and elsewhere - including other Froebel colleges in England which were closing in the 1970s as a result of government reorganisation of teachers education.

Over 30 years or so the collection has expanded through regular purchases and donations, and is now a unique resource for students and scholars interested in the Froebel movement, study of early childhood education and related topics - as well as the history of the Froebel Educational Institute (now the Froebel Trust).

A free to download Froebel Trust publication by Dr Valeria Scacchi lists the resources of the Froebel Archive Collection at the University of Roehampton. This useful resource list (Social and Conceptual Spaces, Froebelian Geographies) is designed to make the archive materials easily accessible to all those interested in Froebelian education.

Find out more about the history of the Froebel Trust

How Froebelian practice developed in the UK.

The story of the Froebel Tust
Froebels Spielplatz Blankenburg postcard
Froebel's 'play place' - image held in the Froebel Archive
ARCHIVE GH front view c1925
Froebel Educational Institute c.1925 - image held in the Froebel Archive

Let us learn from our children. Let us attend to the knowledge which their lives gently urge upon us and listen to the quiet demands of their hearts.

Friedrich Froebel