History Archive

Discover Bede House in depth through a selection of books and special projects that tell its remarkable story. Explore further with our 70th anniversary video.


The full 20th-century history of Bede House Association comes to life in Katharine Bradley’s Bringing People Together – Bede House in Bermondsey and Rotherhithe 1938-2003

Stroll down memory lane through a collection of images from Bede’s archive. Kevin Ireland, Friend of Bede and photographer, specially selected them for us. Order your copy of Bede House Association – The First 75 Years from online publishers Blurb: www.blurb.co.uk

Bede House Association – Fifty Years, 1938-1988  by Susanna Watson, recounts the early history of Bede House.

Read about a major Bede House project to tackle racism in Stella Dadzie’s Blood Sweat and Tears: A Report of the Bede Anti-Racist Detached Youth Work, 1997. 

Read Margaret Ford’s fascinating memoir Memories of Bede House, Bermondsey of her life at Bede between 1961-65 when she was secretary to Warden Dorothy Furness.


The Sum of us All – Bede House at 70, is a documentary to mark the 70th anniversary of Bede’s founding. Launched at the charity’s 2008 celebrations, it was created by Chris Haydon, founder of Community TV Trust (CTVT).