Author Archives: Jessica

Archives Hub collection highlights – women in education at the IOE

This month the Archives Hub, a gateway to archive collections across the country, is featuring an article by our ex-colleague Kathryn H which highlights our resources on women in education. The Archives Hub enables researchers to search the contents of archives from over … Continue reading

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Meta-morphosis: wrestling with Eprints and Calm

Our customisation of Eprints is now tentatively underway. I expected this to be difficult, but didn’t think it would be as hard as it is proving. I was warned that Eprints is notoriously badly documented. There is a Wiki, but … Continue reading

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New collection guide and gallery – Papers of Sir Fred Clarke

I just finished a new guide on the collection of Sir Fred Clarke, former Director of the IOE. The collection provides an insight into Clarke’s educational interests and ideologies, while also painting a picture of family life for an academic … Continue reading

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Meta-morphosis: what’s in a name?

I recently attended the Archives and Records Association annual conference. The session I enjoyed the most was Jenny Bunn’s “We’re all digital archivists now?”, partly because it involved discussion (I do love a good natter), but also it seemed very … Continue reading

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New archive foyer display

I’ve just finished a visual timeline of the Colonial Department and its successors for the IOE foyer. If you’re interested, but can’t make it here to see it in the flesh, I’ve attemped a a quick Prezi version… .prezi-player { … Continue reading

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Meta-morphosis: thinking about how to make the digital accessible

Sounds like a no-brainer right?  After all, we’ve all used Flickr, Facebook, Google docs and similar. But making digital material accessible, while also preserving it and protecting copyright, is a different beast. As part of this project we’re considering how to make … Continue reading

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Isabel Fry “warts and all”

I was tickled to find this entry in Isabel Fry’s diary; Ap 14. 41 <…> Henry Wilmslow left this p.m. I have sat pretty steadily for him & he has made a soft filmy drawing of a very peculiar, unpleasant … Continue reading

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From the IOE to world politics

Just a quick one before I forget. This afternoon I found a file on a man named Abubakar Tafewa Balewa. Abubakar was a student at the IOE Colonial Department, 1945-1946. I started cataloguing the file from the back (oldest item) … Continue reading

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The Department of Education in Developing Countries: insights into change

Ooh, I’m a bad blogger. I really meant to give some updates on things I came across in the records of the Colonial Department, but realised the other day that I’ve almost finished with them now, but forgot to write anything. … Continue reading

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Isabel Fry descibes an encounter with soldiers returning from Dunkirk

Sometimes it can be frustrating to catalogue archives that are so interesting that there just isn’t enough time to capture the subtleties. I found this entry in Isabel Fry’s diary from 1940 and feel it really gives a feel for the moment, … Continue reading

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