Margaret Lowenfeld

  • Lowenfeld, Margaret, 1890-1973
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Papers of and relating to Margaret Lowenfeld and the Institute of Child Psychology, London.



Physical description

111 boxes, 15 oversize items, 1 digital item 251.4 MB (251422352 bytes) Uncatalogued: 1 box; 1 file


The catalogued material is divided into the following sections (for administrative reasons, researchers are requested to provide Archives and Manuscripts staff with at least 5 working days notice if they wish to consult the papers in sections V-Z):

A-C. Research and Clinical Papers by Margaret Lowenfeld, 1926-1969

A. Rheumatism, 1926-1927

B. Feeding, 1926-1935

C. Psychological Medicine, 1930-1969

D. Popular Papers by Margaret Lowenfeld, 1927-1964

E. Miscellaneous papers on other people's use of Margaret Lowenfeld's techniques and related work, 1929-2002

F. Historical Material of the Children's clinic and the Institute of Child Psychology, 1928-1985

G. Popular Lectures given by Margaret Lowenfeld, 1928-1943

H. Research Collaboration and Correspondence with Vassar College, New York, 1950-1956

I. Margaret Lowenfeld, Biographical and Autobiographical Material, 1896-1999

J. Miscellaneous (unpublished papers) by M. Lowenfeld, 1930-1956

K. Developments in the use of Worlds, 1930s-1950s

L. Material for World Technique Book: 1959, 1920s-1960s

M. Material from World Federation of Mental Health and International Rorschach Congresses, 1968

N. Material for World Technique Book sent to Margaret Mead in1974 by Ville Andersen, 1950s

O. Correspondence on Worlds (and general aspects of Margaret Lowenfeld's work), 1937-1980

P. Margaret Lowenfeld's Mosaic Test: Instructions, Correspondence and Research, 1940s-1970s

Q. Kaleidoblocs. Theory, Research and Distribution, 1949-1976

R. Poleidoblocs. Instructions, Research and Design, 1960s

S. Dissertations, Theses and Extended Manuscripts describing work using Lowenfeld techniques, 1954-1986

T. Thérèse Woodcock, Talks, Papers and Seminars on Lowenfeld techniques, 1984-2004

V-Z: Visual and auditory material, 1920-2001

V. Worlds, 1930s-1970s

W. Mosaics, 1920-1976

X. Kaleidoblocs and Poleidoblocs, 1961-1998

Y. Photographs of historical or theoretical interest, 1931-2001

Z. Audio/Visual Materials, 20th century

ZA. Miscellaneous Material, 1980-1991

ZB. Patient Case Files and Patient Data, 1927-1998

Acquisition note

Transferred from the Centre for Family Research on behalf of the Dr Margaret Lowenfeld Trust, March 2005. An additional small amount of material (Acc.2180) was donated by the Trustees on 15/05/2015.

Biographical note

Dr Margaret Lowenfeld was a paediatrician who became a pioneer of child psychology and psychotherapy. Her outstanding contributions sprang from her recognition that play is an important activity in children's development. She invented non-verbal techniques that enabled children to express themselves, including The Lowenfeld World Technique and Lowenfeld Mosaics. The former involved the use of sand trays and miniature toys. The child guidance clinic Lowenfeld established in the late 1920s in London's Notting Hill developed into the Institute for Child Psychology.

Further biographical information can be found on the Dr Margaret Lowenfeld Trust website at

Copyright note

Assigned to the Wellcome Trust: all Margaret Lowenfeld's copyrights in her papers were assigned in her will to the Lowenfeld Trust, and these were in turn assigned to the Wellcome Trust when the papers were presented to Wellcome Collection.

Terms of use

This collection has been partially catalogued and the catalogued part is available to library members. Some items have access restrictions which are explained in the item-level catalogue records. Requests to view uncatalogued material are considered on a case by case basis. Please contact for more details.

Accruals note

The following is an interim description of material that has been acquired since this collection was catalogued. This description may change when cataloguing takes place in future:

One box of additional material was acquired in May 2015 (2180) comprising mainly (duplicates) of off-prints, articles and papers by or about Margaret Lowenfeld, two books on the Lowenfeld Technique by M Lowenfeld, packs of Mosaic Test cards and a Mosaic Set of wooden coloured pieces.

One file of additional material acquired in Jan 2023 (acc 2699) containing:

MSC Lowenfeld Projective Play Therapy - Programme Handbook 1999-2000

Guidelines for the therapist using the Lowenfeld World Technique by Therese Woodcock (former trustee)

Guidelines on the therapeutic setting (Therese Woodcock)

The Lowenfeld Approach to Projective Play Therapy - Step by Step (by Therese Woodcock)

Guide to using Lowenfeld mosaics by Therese Woodcock

Ownership note

Lowenfeld material was arranged by Ville Andersen, Margaret Lowenfeld's colleague in research and clinical work from the 1950s until Margaret Lowenfeld's death. When Ville Andersen herself died in 1986, further material was made available. Friends and colleagues of the late Kate MacSorley, clinical psychologist at the Institute of Child Psychology from the mid nineteen sixties, placed photographs, clinical records and research material with the archive.

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Accession number

  • 1335/2
  • 1335/1
  • 1335
  • 2180
  • 2699