Category Archives: Special Collections

A little Christmas Box just for you!

Christmas, as is celebrated today, has its origins in the Victorian period thanks to Prince Albert bringing to England the German tradition of a Christmas tree lit with candles. By the end of the 19th century, the Christmas tree was … 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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Volunteers’ Week

In celebration of Volunteers’ Week, our two wonderful volunteers, Ashley Zuelke and Teodora Lazar,  both UCL students, write about the work they are doing on the Clarke Collection held at the Institute of Education Library. Ashley Zuelke: Ralph Waldo Emerson … Continue reading

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The Early Years of the BBC’s Broadcasts to Schools

One could say that ‘wireless education’ in the form of radio broadcasts to schools was the first type of ‘distance learning’ in the UK. With a mission ‘to inform, educate and entertain’, the broadcasts began with an experimental radio broadcast to … Continue reading

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Adventures of the feathered kind

Two recent additions to the Education in Literature Collection  both feature birds – a pair of Tawny Owls and a Magellan penguin! Two Owls at Eton by Jonathan Franklin was originally published in 1960 whilst he was still a pupil … 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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