Author Archives: Nazlin Bhimani

About Nazlin Bhimani

Research Support and Special Collections Librarian, UCL Institute of Education, London

It’s Sir Percy’s birthday!

Today we celebrate the anniversary of Sir T. Percy Nunn’s birthday for he was born on 28th December 1870 – the year in which the 1870 Education Act which promised a national education system was passed. Thomas Percy Nunn was … Continue reading

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The Christmas Box

The tradition of having a Christmas tree goes back to the early1800s when Queen Charlotte (queen to George III) set up the tradition of having a candle-lit tree, with presents and ribbons hanging on the branches inside the palace at Windsor. Soon after this, the idea of the Christmas box which children could open on Christmas Eve started. The two soon became familiar rituals in the homes of many well-to-do families. Continue reading

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Black History Month 2021: Black Women

The theme for BHM2021 is ‘Proud to be’ and to celebrate the event, we have invited Dr. Elizabeth Williams to guest author this post. Dr Williams is the author of The Politics of Race in Britain and South Africa: Black British Solidarity and the Anti-Apartheid Struggle (2017) and her edited book Nelson Mandela: Pulling the Branch from a Tree! The Impact of His Legacy on Black Britain and Race in Britain (2022) is going to be published in 2022. Elizabeth is also a librarian at Goldsmiths, University of London. Continue reading

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A question that has no easy answers – or perhaps it does?

Congratulations! You have completed your thesis, gone through the viva and have passed with flying colours (with or without corrections). At this stage, you are expected to upload the digital copy of the thesis into UCL’s Research Publications System (RPS) together … Continue reading

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Two Years in the Infant School—a review by Paul May

I was surprised when the children’s author, Paul May, contacted me about a post I had written on Enid Blyton as an educationalist, for once written and published, these posts are often forgotten!  I was also curious about what he thought … Continue reading

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BBC Broadcasts and ‘Back in Time for School’

Back in Time for School takes a group of fifteen children and their teachers back through time to experience what schooling was like at different times, from the Victorian period up to the 1990s. Last summer, I was involved in doing some … Continue reading

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An eminent female academic at the IOE: Clotilde von Wyss (1871-1938)

I have been doing some research on some women teacher trainers at the IOE in order to understand their contribution to pedagogical practice in London during the interwar years.   One of the teacher trainers I have been most intrigued with … Continue reading

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‘A Splendid College’: Institutional Histories of Teacher Training Colleges

The Institute of Education Library has a large collection (approximately 2,500 books) of education institutional histories. These include histories of schools, colleges and universities. For the joint ICHRE (International Centre for Historical Research in Education) and FNLA (Friends of the … Continue reading

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‘Excavations’ in the IOE’s School Histories Collection

The Newsam Library at the Institute of Education has a large collection of  education institutional histories. These form a discrete collection and provide a rich source of information on individual schools, colleges and universities and their communities across Britain. The … Continue reading

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How to design your doctoral research: concepts and methodologies (edited by Jon Swain)

There is a new book on the market that is a landmark in the field of designing research, and is an ideal companion for any postgraduate student or early career academic conducting research across education and educational studies. How to design your doctoral research: concepts and methodologies (Sage, 2017) is edited by Jon Swain. Continue reading

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