Category Archives: History of Education

‘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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“Whip top! Whip top!”: play throughout the seasons… and times

How would you find out about games and toys in former times? Are there instructions for families on how to make a spinning top or a rag doll? Are there essays on the origin of obscure nursery rhymes? And were … Continue reading

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Of ‘Guns at Bull Run’ and ‘Good wives’ : children’s worlds in the past

My favourite book, when I was little, was my mother’s illustrated description of Technological masterpieces of millennia past. My father would buy us whole series of colourful children’s books on animals in habitats all around the world. All my childhood, I … Continue reading

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Learning outdoors and open-air schools

I am writing this on a beautiful sunny day with the temperature is forecast to rise to 17 degrees. I can’t help but think there will be a lot of outdoor learning taking place in schools throughout the country.   … Continue reading

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IOE Library’s Special Collections Advent Calendar 2016

Although Advent officially began on 27th November this year, I am publishing the Special Collections Advent calendar today in the run up to Christmas. Over the next 25 days, starting today 1st December, you will get some information about each of … Continue reading

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The provenance of the Baines Collection

This afternoon I was tidying in the Special Collections when I came across a letter relevant to the provenance of the Baines Collection.  I thought I would share with you some of this information in terms of piecing together the … Continue reading

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Chancing upon Hayward in the Conway Hall Library

Last week, during a break from working in our basement closed stacks, Sally Perry and I happened upon Conway Hall in Red Lion Square.  It is the Ethical Society’s 1920s HQ and has a gem of a library.  The Library … Continue reading

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