Catherine Vale Whitwell (1789-1873), educationist and communitarian

Donnachie, Ian (2019). Catherine Vale Whitwell (1789-1873), educationist and communitarian. In Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, OUP.



This entry describes the life and career of Catherine Whitwell, a teacher in Robert Owen's School for Children at New Lanark, Scotland, where she pioneered the use of visual aids in the classrooms. She was also the author of works on astronomy, an artist, feminist and Owenite communitarian. Whitwell emerges as a much more significant figure than previously realized, notably in the promotion of female education during the first half of the nineteenth century.

Viewing alternatives


Public Attention

Altmetrics from Altmetric

Number of Citations

Citations from Dimensions
No digital document available to download for this item

Item Actions