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).

Experiences of football, community, and neighbourhood are central to the Millwall’s Changing Communities Research Project. Conducted over a period of two years, this Lottery-funded initiative was led by Bede House. Warning: some research and historic items include language that you may find disturbing and opinions that Bede House does not endorse.