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Writing Institutional History, ICHRE termly symposium, Tuesday 12 December 2017, 2.00pm to 7.00pm

In association with the Friends of the Newsam Library and Archives

Venue: Library Teaching Room, Newsam Library, UCL Institute of Education

Throughout the afternoon there will be a small exhibition of material from the library’s School & College Histories collection, curated by Nazlin Bhimani.

2pm – Welcome

2.10pm – Guest Keynote

Nigel Watson (from Corporate Histories) will speak about his experience of writing the history of schools, colleges and universities. He has written many institutional histories, including books on North London Collegiate School, St Albans School, Lucy Cavendish College and the University of Durham.

3.15pm – Tea and coffee

4.00pm – Shorter papers

Anne Collignon (UCL Insititute of Education), ‘Empowering a School by Its History? The case of Copenhagen International School (1964-2017)’

Karen Lillie (UCL Institute of Education), ‘Becoming a School for the World and the Wealthy: The Historical Trajectory of a Secondary School in Switzerland’

Amy Smith (UCL Bartlett School of Architecture), ‘The Architectural History of University College London, 1827–9’

Georgina Brewis (UCL Institute of Education), ‘The World of UCL: Reflections on Doing Institutional History’

6.00pm – wine reception and book launch Gary McCulloch and Steven Cowan, A Social History of Educational Studies and Research (London: Routledge, 2018).

Free and open to all, but as places are limited please register to attend here.


Plowden 50 Years On, Saturday 18 November 2017, NUT, London

The fourth and final seminar of the ‘Sir Alec Clegg Revisited’ research project focusses on the 50 year anniversary of the publication of the Plowden Report ‘Children and their Primary Schools’. The event is hosted by the NUT and the organisers are hoping for a large participation of teachers currently working in schools as well as retired teachers who were trained and taught during the 60s and 70s.

This event is part of the ‘Sir Alec Clegg Revisited’ project based at the Faculty of Education, Cambridge, funded by a University of Cambridge Arts & Humanities Research Grant. See https://alecclegg.com/ The History of Education Society UK has also funded this event.

For more information about speakers and to register online, visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/plowden-50-years-on-tickets-37909448180


ICHRE Summer Conference, 27 – 28 June 2018.

Each year ICHRE organises a two-day conference on the history of education including presentations from UCL students and staff and external speakers. The event is free and open to all. We usually have dinner on the evening of the first day in a local restaurant and the conference has included displays of archive materials, teaching roundtables and walking tours in addition to academic papers.

You can see the 2017 summer conference’s final programme and conference abstracts here.



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