Marshall, Robert Leckie (1913-2008) co-operative activist and educationalist
ADMINISTRATIVE/BIOGRAPHICAL HISTORY: Robert Leckie Marshall was born in 1913, in to a Lancastrian mining community.
Marshall flourished at school, and went on to study English Literature at the
University of St. Andrews. His education was supported by Carnegie Foundation
grant, a miners’ scholarship and a university bursary. After graduating in 1935,
Marshall travelled to America and gained a Masters in Politics from Yale University.
Returning to England in 1937, Marshall was commissioned to the Royal Army Services
Corps after the outbreak of the Second World War. In May 1940, Marshall was injured
at Dunkirk. After returning home, he joined the Royal Army Education Corps. During
his posting at the Home Office, Marshall produced a series of booklets named ‘The
British Way and Purpose: an Army handbook of elementary citizenship’. This led
to his appointment to Commandant at the Army School of Education with the rank
of Lieutenant-Colonel and was appointed OBE (Military) in 1945.
Marshall’s successes within education system continued when he was headhunted
for the position of principal of the Co-operative and Chief Education Officer
of the Co-operative Union. Marshall built partnerships with Nottingham University
and other educational institutions to expand the college’s curriculum and provide
accreditation for the college awards. Marshall became heavily involved in the
Co-operative movement, regularly giving speeches and looked to promote co-operative
ideals aboard. Marshall went on several Co-operative missions, including those
to Tanganyika, Nigeria, India, Kenya, and Thailand. Marshall’s enthusiasm and
commitment brought him respect and admiration from the over 3,000 students that
passed through the Co-operative College during the 30 years he was principal.
Marshall’s association with the Co-operative extended much further than his work
with the college; he was elected president of the Co-operative Congress in 1976
and served as editor of Journal of Society for Co-operative Studies from 1967
to 1995.Marshall went on to serve on many public bodies, including the advisory
council (1973-77), and the Monopolies and Mergers Commission (1976-82).
SCOPE AND CONTENT: Papers of co-operative activist and educationalist Robert Leckie Marshall, including:
- drafts of articles written by Marshall, 1946-1968.
- press cuttings on various topics, including politics, education, religion and
the Labour Party, n.d.
- speech notes, 1946-1987.
- miscellaneous papers and correspondence regarding co-operation and the Co-operative
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