The Society seeks to further the study of the history of education by providing opportunities for discussion among those engaged in its study and teaching. The website provides information about the Society's aims, membership, publications, conferences, awards, prizes and bibliographical resources. It also offers links to other sites of interest to researchers in the history of education.

If you are not on our email distribution list, and would like to be, please contact the Secretary (Raymond McCluskey).


BOOK PRIZES ANNOUNCEMENT - £500 each for 'best book' and 'best first single-authored book' written in English on the history of education.


Exe Libris

Exe Libris: The UK History of Education Society’s On-line Bibliography enables you to search for articles published in the leading historical journals founded or edited in the British Isles between 1939 and 2011, and in selected international journals specialising in the history of education.

Exe Libris has recently undergone its bi-annual update, and now includes articles upto, and including, the end of 2014. Dr Jonathan Doney, (Richard Aldrich Fellow of the Society), who carried out the most recent update says 'The number, and quality, of articles relating to the history of education remains high, and the bringing together of the bibligraphical details of these articles into one, easy to use, portal (Exe Libris) represents a tremendous resource for historians of education, and others interested in the field'.

Recent conferences

John Dewey's "Democracy and Education" 100 Years On: Past, Present, and Future Relevance September 28 - October 1 2016
Co-sponsored by History of Education Society (UK) & Philosophy of Education Society GB

Sight, Sound and Text in the History of Education’
Convenors: HES, UK / Australian & New Zealand History of Education Society
Dates: November 18-20, 2016
Further information
Conference webpage

Peter Gosden Fellows

We are pleased to announce that two Peter Gosden Fellows have been appointed for 2016: Alice Kirke and Annemarie Valdes. Alice will be leading on the re-development of the Society's website. Annemarie will be taking over responsibility for maintaining and improving the society’s existing social media presence. You can find us on twitter and on Facebook and read and contribute to the History of Education Society Blog (Details on how to submit a blog post can be found here).

HES Annual Conference 2017

Title: ‘Celebration, Commemoration and Collaboration - milestones in the history of education’
History of Education Society, UK
Dates: November 10-12, 2017
Location: WInchester Hotel, Worthy Lane, Winchester
Further information

Proposals should address aspects of commemoration, celebration and/or collaboration in the following:

Education as public history
Mapping the field
Institutional histories
Personal and political histories of education
Formal and informal education
Archives and objects

Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to the Centre for the History of Women’s Education at the University of Winchester. Email: