Celebrating the centenary of the Woodcraft Folk

2025 Special issue – Call for papers

Guest editors: Doug Bourn, Professor of Education, University College London; Thomas Boxall, Trustee on General Council, Woodcraft Folk; Deborah McCahon, Chief Executive Officer, Woodcraft Folk; Aggie Taylor, Trustee on General Council, Woodcraft Folk; and Delilah Wallbank, Trustee on General Council, Woodcraft Folk.

In 2025, the Woodcraft Folk, the co-operative movement’s children’s and youth organisation, will be celebrating its centenary. Whilst articles about the organisation have featured in past issues and other journals concerned with youth and socialist movements, this is the first time the Woodcraft Folk has been the focus of a special issue of any journal.

This special issue is now calling for papers that address both the organisation’s history, current practices, and position within the wider co-operative and labour movement. The Woodcraft Folk has played a major role in promoting a progressive approach to informal learning by children and young people, being the first co-educational youth movement and having a distinctive philosophy based around education for social change.

The editors welcome submissions ranging from full academic articles/research papers (7,000 words), short articles (2,000-4,000 words), and short think pieces (approx. 1,000 words).­

For information see:

Call for papers - Celebrating the centenary of the Woodcraft Folk

UK Society for Co-operative Studies is registered in England and Wales as a charitable incorporated organisation Number 1175295. Our registered office is Holyoake House, Hanover Street, Manchester, M60 0AS.
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