November 2019 (2)
CSP fellows were invited to a discussion about future plans for the Pembroke House Settlement in Walworth, London. The ‘settlement movement’ was a late 19th century initiative in the UK and USA whereby prestigious educational establishments, such as public schools and universities, set up residential centres in poor parts of cities. Students were involved with the aim of providing education and cultural activities as well as welfare services to the local residents. Pembroke House was founded by the undergraduates at Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1885 and has been a centre for social action and a residential community ever since. The discussion explored how the settlement could best respond to the current political and social context and the shifting nature of public services and how spaces for the whole community to use and shape could be created.