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Toynbee Hall

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Toynbee Hall, Commercial Street, Whitechapel, London is the original "settlement house" of the settlement movement. It was founded in 1884 and is thriving today. Toynbee Hall was founded by Samuel and Henrietta Barnett, and named after their friend and fellow social reformer, Arnold Toynbee (not the celebrated Oxford historian of the same name).

The site houses the Barnett Research Centre reference library, an archive collection that contains 4000 books and artifacts dating back to the 19th century. The library is open to the public and is free to use.

In 2007 "Toynbee Studios" opened dance and media studios, and a theatre.


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