Institute of Education


International Centre for Historical Research in Education

Making a significant contribution to the development of research and scholarship on the history of education, broadly defined.

Head of Centre: Professor Gary McCulloch

The International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE), University College London, is a leading centre for historical research into education.


ICHRE was formed in 2014 to build on the strong tradition of historical research at the IOE, which has long been recognised as the leading UK base for the history of education and as one of the most significant centres worldwide.

Our centre works in close partnership with colleagues at the IOE including the Centre for Holocaust Education and the Newsam Library and Archives, and has close links to external associations including the History of Education Society (UK) and the International Standing Conference in the History of Education (ISCHE).

Our staff

Director of Centre

Professor Gary McCulloch

Executive Committee Members

Dr. Mark Freeman, Senior Lecturer in Education
Dr. Tom Woodin, Senior Lecturer in Education
Dr. Georgina Brewis, John Adams Fellow
Dr. Steven Cowan, Lecturer and Research Officer
Alice Kirke, PhD student
Sarah Aitchison, Archivist, Newsam Library and Archives

Other Members

ICHRE Associates
Professor Emeritus Richard Aldrich
Dr Vincent Carpentier
Dr John Hardcastle
Dr Pam Meecham
Dr Suzanne Wiborg
Professor Stuart Foster

ICHRE  Visiting Associates
Professor Miriam Ben-Peretz
Clyde Chitty
Professor Michele Cohen
Dr Peter Cunningham
Dr Hsiao-Yuh Ku
Professor Therese Hamel
Professor Yu-Wen Chou
Dr Yi Hongjun

ICHRE International advisory group
Professor Miriam Ben-Peretz, Israel
Professor Yu-Wen Chou, Taiwan
Professor Marisa Bittar, Brazil
Professor Therese Hamel, Canada
Dr Parimala Rao, India
Professor Tom O'Donoghue, Australia
Professor William Reese, USA
Professor Shin'ichi Suzuki, Japan

Find more about our researchers, publications, activities, groups and themes: UCL Research Portal, IRIS

Study with us

We offer world-class teaching in the history of education on a 'history pathway' on the Education Studies BA: 

All courses are taught by research-active specialists in social and educational history. Centre members offer research supervision in history of education and more widely in the social and cultural history of modern Britain and beyond.


    Our members research a range of topics in the history of education, including formal education (such as schooling and the student experience), youth and social movements, voluntary organisations and philanthropy, popular and community history.

    Current research projects are funded by the AHRC, the British Academy and the Swedish Research Council, while grants in recent years have come from the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust and the Society for Educational Studies.

    Current research projects:

    Completed projects:

    • The Social Organisation of Educational Studies: Past, Present and Future
    • Social Change and English, 1945-1965

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