It’s the first Monday of the month and that means it’s our first Monthly Roundup of news from the History of Education community. Here’s some news and events from January:

HES News

The History of Education Society had its first executive committee meeting of 2020- the first meeting of new President Prof Stephen Parker. In his President’s report, Stephen said what a privilege and pleasure it feels to be the president of the society for the next three years, and he hopes to raise the profile of the society and get people talking about history of education in relation to contemporary policy matters.

At the beginning of the year, three new fellows joined the executive committee:

Catherine Holloway started as the new Richard Aldrich Fellow. Catherine will be undertaking the annual update of the Exe Libris bibliographical database producing the annual review of the periodic literature which will be published in the History of Education Researcher. Catherine is a PhD student at the University of Winchester, researching girls’ technical schools in England in the twentieth century and is also a postgraduate Representative for the History of Education Society (UK).

Bethany White began as the Ruth Watts Fellow and will be producing a series of podcasts focusing on the work of the Society and new research in the history of education. Bethany is a PhD student at Trinity College, Oxford. She is researching the role that higher education played in working-class women’s lives in the decade between 1965 and 1975.

Katie Carpenter joined the team as the new Peter Gosden Fellow and will be managing the History of Education society blog and social media. Katie is currently undertaking a postdoctoral fellowship at Royal Holloway, University of London and the Parliamentary Archives. She is currently researching the history of practical work in science and domestic science teaching in the Victorian and Edwardian periods.

This year’s Society conference will be hosted by the University of Birmingham. Stay tuned for the Call for Papers!

Our Postgraduate reps Ellie Simpson and Catherine Holloway are putting together plans for the society’s next postgraduate and ECR conference. Ellie said:

‘Following the success of last year, myself and Catherine, are busy planning this year’s History of Education Postgraduate and Early Career Conference. We think its important for Postgraduate and Early Career Researchers to share their work and collaborate. This year we want to focus on methodology and how our approaches to the past contribute to the history of education and childhood. The date for the conference will follow in the next few months. Watch this space!’’

HES is seeking short pieces of 500-800 words for our blog. Check out the full details here!

Finally, HES will be awarding two book prizes for awarding in 2020. See the details here.

New Publications

Calls for Papers


The next History of Education Seminar is on 27th February. Dr Marcella P. Sutcliffe is presenting a paper entitled: ‘The Duties of Man by Joseph Mazzini: The Many English Fortunes of a Book by an Italian Exile (1851- 1936)’.


The Society for the History of Children and Youth seeks nominations for the Fass-Sandin Article Prize for the best article in Danish, Norwegian or Swedish (or English so long as the journal is published in Norden). Deadline: 15 February 2020.

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