Our History

Established in 1889, and with its roots stretching back some years before that, Morley College London is one of the country's oldest and largest specialist providers of adult education.

Its original philanthropic, charitable foundation continues to be a distinguishing feature of the College to present day.

Founded to address the learning needs of Waterloo and Lambeth - an area of great poverty at the time - as the Morley Memorial College for Working Men and Women, it was the first institution of its kind to admit both men and women on an equal footing. This sense of mission and spirit of inclusion towards the most disadvantaged in society has been maintained throughout Morley's history and continues today: putting our students first underpins all that we do.