Category Archives: Library and Archives

‘Access’ by Jan Hauters

We often take access for granted, but it is a privilege. Jan Hauters, online doctoral researcher, expresses his sense of joy, excitement and wonder at the vast digital library that is now available to him at UCL. Continue reading

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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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Spotlight on the NUT donation: two papers on domestic science education.

As you may already be aware, in late 2016 we received a wonderful donation from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) which included 380 pamphlet boxes containing material published by the NUT itself and many other organisations operating in the … Continue reading

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Focus on DERA: Creating a trans inclusive environment in schools and colleges

The IOE Library has always collected documents published by government and other relevant bodies in the areas of education, training, children, and families. Today, the Official Publications Collection here at the Library is the largest of our special collections and … Continue reading

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Focus on DERA (Digital Education Research Archive): Music Education.

The IOE Library has always collected documents published by government and other relevant bodies in the areas of education, training, children, and families. Today, the Official Publications Collection here at the Library is the largest of our special collections and … Continue reading

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Off to work in bowler-hats and bonnets

The blurred black-and-white photograph showed a man in a bowler-hat with a walking-stick rushing up a multi-storey staircase to demonstrate how quickly he climbs up in his career in a certain bank. It caught my eye in the 1963 edition … Continue reading

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A New Home for the “Education in Literature Collection”

Until recently, the Education in Literature Collection was shelved at one end of the Library Teaching Room on Level 4. However, whilst it is still on the same level, the books and DVDs that comprise the collection have found a … Continue reading

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Praising the IOE Library

After twenty years working at the IOE Library, I’d like to sing the praises of an extraordinary institution: the UCL Institute of Education Library. ┬áBear with me on this religious imagery as I’ve always seen libraries as ‘temples of learning’ … Continue reading

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