The School Histories Collection tells the stories of individual schools and their communities across Britain.
The collection includes around 1,500 books and pamphlets, dating from the early twentieth century up to the present day. (Older materials, mainly from the nineteenth century, are held in the History of Education Collection.) Schools range from local village schools, to secondary modern, grammar, comprehensive and public schools. In some cases the schools are traced from medieval or Elizabethan days to modern times; others give more detail of recent changes and developments.
Written by current and former pupils, parents, local researchers, architects, educationalists and academics, these books provide a wealth of information about all aspects of school life, including:
• Local management of education
• Social background of pupils and their families
• Impact of World Wars on schools
• School life: uniforms, dinners, rules, discipline
• Histories of girls'/boys' education
• School buildings
• Changes in the curriculum
Size: c.1,500 items
Type/format: Books and pamphlets
Dates: c1919 -
Accrual policy: Open
The collection is listed in the Library Catalogue.
The School Histories Project
The development of this collection is part of a Heritage Lottery funded project. In addition to cataloguing and conservation, the project has enabled us to produce supporting materials for teachers and local historians, and a travelling exhibition.
The following resources can help you construct your own school's history. The pack consists of a teacher's guide to supporting enquiry into the history of schooling in the UK at Key Stages 2 and 3.