The following is a description of each photograph in the series:
On the back of each of the 40 images, the following text was printed:
IMPINGTON VILLAGE COLLEGE
The British Village College of Impington serves the educational, social and recreation needs of the population of ten surrounding villages. A senior elementary school by day, it becomes a community centre in the evening, when a large variety of activities catering for people of all ages are organised in the specially designed modern buildings. The success of the scheme, which originated as an experiment by the Cambridgeshire Education Committee, is proved by the fact that up to one thousand people use the College each day. This is one of five similar centres operating in the county.
POST-WAR PLANNING IN BRITAIN: REVIVING AND IMPROVING VILLAGE LIFE
The British people generally have a deep love of the countryside and country life. Nevertheless, they have in the past frequently neglected to provide the amenities of life for those who work and live in the country. In 1939 village life flourished in the way of communal activities, which centres around church organisations, the Women’s Rural Institutes, the Young Farmers’ Clubs, and so on. But in many cases villages lacked proper water supplies, gas or electricity, adequate transport, a sufficiency of playing fields, even a suitable village hall. A committee under Lord Justice Scott, appointed by the Government, published a report in August 1942 making many detailed recommendations. Perhaps the most important was that every village should have a community centre. This idea has already been carried out in Cambridgeshire, where Mr Henry Morris, the Director of Education for Cambridge, had founded four Village Colleges. Each of these is used as a central school, both for children and for adults, and also combines the functions of a club, village hall, library, canteen and clinic.