The IOE archive collections cover all levels of education from pre-school and school through to further, higher, teacher and adult education, in formal, informal and experimental settings.
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The IOE archive collections date from 1797 to the present day. They cover all levels of education from pre-school and school through to further, higher, teacher and adult education, in formal, informal and experimental settings. We have collections on research, practice, policy and thought in education and related areas. They provide a rich resource for the study of education and wider social policy worldwide.
We have over 130 deposited collections, which have been donated by individuals and organisations related in some way to education, as well as the Institute Archive, comprising the records of the Institute of Education, from its creation in 1902 to the present day.
'The Educational Times' is the journal of the College of Preceptors which was founded in 1846, as the Society of Teachers, by a group of private schoolmasters concerned about standards within their profession. Three years later it was incorporated by Royal Charter as the College of Preceptors and occupied premises at 28 Bloomsbury Square. The College pioneered a system for the formal examination and qualification of secondary school teachers (mainly in private schools) and many teachers have acquired the qualifications of the College: ACP (Associate); LCP (Licentiate); and FCP (Fellow). It was also one of the first bodies to examine and provide certificates for secondary school pupils of both sexes, from all over England and Wales, at different levels, and in a wide variety of subjects.
Many influential educationists have been associated with the College, either as members of Council or as lecturers or advisers, including Joseph Payne (1808-1876), Frances Mary Buss (1827-1894), and Sir John Adams (1857-1934).
The College of Preceptors archive contains a near complete set of its journal 'The Educational Times' which was published monthly from 1847-1923. Individual issues generally contain notes and articles on education and movements in education, reviews of meetings of the College and text of some of the lectures given at the College, book reviews, general notices, sample mathematical questions and answers, class lists of all pupils who passed the midwinter and midsummer pupil exams, including prize winners and schools attended by the pupils and general news regarding members. Early Times also included lists of successful diploma candidates and some lists of members of the College. The majority of the volumes are indexed.
'The Woman Teacher' is the journal of the National Union of Women Teachers (NUWT), which was formed to campaign for equal pay and conditions of service for women teachers but also took an active interest in a wide range of social, professional and educational issues including the peace movement.
The NUWT archive contains a full run of the journal from September 1919 until the Union was wound up in 1961 and most of the volumes are indexed. As well as keeping members informed on the issues of women teachers' pay and conditions and of womens' employment in general, the journal contains articles on wider educational issues, detailed reports of conferences, news of branch activities and book reviews. A recurring topic was the unfairness of the marriage bar which affected teachers in many areas. Advertising space was sold to help with production costs and attracted notices about accommodation, holiday hotels and guest houses, courses and various medical services.