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Peart-Binns Christian Socialist Archive

Archive reference: PEA

Biographical material relating to Maurice Reckitt and Tom Heron, and other Christian socialists, collected by Yorkshire author John Peart-Binns.

About the Christian Socialists

Maurice Reckitt (1888-1980) was a writer and Christian sociologist. A founder of the National Guilds League, he contributed to A.R. Orage's New Age, wrote for and edited the New English Weekly and edited Christendom. He was active in the Christendom Association, the League of the Kingdom of God and the Church Union Summer School of Sociology.  His key publication was Faith and society (1934).

Tom Heron (1890-1983) was a businessman, managing director of Crysede Silks of St Ives and founder of Cresta Silks of Welwyn Garden City. He was also a political theorist and poet and the father of the artist Patrick Heron.

Other people in this collection include Philip Mairet, Henry H. Slesser, William Travers Symons, Ruth Kenyon, Lewis Mumford, Patrick McLaughlin, V.A. Demant and Donald MacKinnon.

About the Archive

The Archive includes correspondence, publications, and obituaries. Further information is available as a collection-level entry on the Library catalogue.  Please note that the Archive is not yet fully catalogued, so access is limited.  We will do our best to make it available within these constraints.

Special Collections also holds a collection of Correspondence from Mairet, McLaughlin and other Christian socialists.