Historical Who is Who

OWEN, Robert

1771 - 1858
United Kingdom + United States


Welsh born educationalist and social reformer. Drawing on his experience in managing a cotton mill, he set out to create a model community in a village called New Lanark in Scotland. This combined living and working conditions which were fair and amicable for everyone. They included a school, an Institute for the Formation of Character, and a co-operative store. He sought to apply this model in the US, but after 5 years with mixed results returned to England. Emphasis on mutuality and collaborative endeavour were the main features of his lifelong campaigning, especially for the development of trade unions and latterly spiritualism as a means of exposure to moral exemplars.

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