Mission & aims

The mission and aims of the History of Education Society are:

  • to promote the study and teaching of the history of education;
  • to encourage and support research in the history of education;
  • to represent the interests of the field of the history of education;
  • to promote the public profile and an informed public understanding of the history of education by engaging in relevant public debates;
  • to encourage and support new researchers in the history of education;
  • to provide collaboration and exchange among those interested in the history of education in Britain and around the world;
  • to promote links with the study and teaching of history at all levels;
  • to promote the preservation of and facilitate access to primary sources in the history of education and features of our educational heritage.

The HES offers bursaries to enable postgraduate students to attend their annual conference. I’ve been going for the past few years, and always enjoy the friendly, supportive environment and thought-provoking presentations. The Society’s annual postgraduate events, which are run by students and focus on the research process, have also been really helpful.