Category Archives: History of Education

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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More than just a number (Part 2): Making Administrative Memoranda discoverable

  Back in January I wrote a post  about the work that we have been doing to improve the discoverability of items within our Official Publications collection. That post demonstrated how we used digitisation techniques to unlock the content of some … Continue reading

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The wondrous world of book illustration

If you have not been to the fabulous exhibition about 150 years of Alice in Wonderland, it is still on until 16 April 2016. It is right in the foyer of the British Library, and it is free of charge. You … Continue reading

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