HES (UK) Committee
The History of Education Society (UK) Executive Committee comprises sixteen members and meets four times a year. Currently, the committee includes the following members (in alphabetical order):
Catherine Burke (President) is currently Reader in History of Childhood and Education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research interests include, material cultures of childhood and education; the historical and contemporary relationship between pedagogy and architecture and design in learning environments; and visual methods in incorporating a child's view or perspective in research. She has co-authored two books with Ian Grosvenor - The School I'd Like (Routledge 2003) and School (Reaktion 2008). Her most recent book is A Life in Education and Architecture. Mary Beaumont Medd 1907-2005 published in 2013 by Ashgate.She has edited a special issue of Paedagogica Historica, 'Containing the School Child. Architectures and Pedagogies', August, 2005, and in 2007 a special issue of History of Education on the theme of 'The Body of the Schoolchild in the History of Education'. The Annual Conference of the Society was organised by Catherine in December 2009 and was held in Sheffield with the theme 'Putting Education in its Place'. She is also the 'Sources and Interpretations' editor for the History of Education journal.
Emily Charkin (Joint postgraduate representative) is undertaking historical work concerned with anarchist educational ideas, experiments and the learning experiences of ordinary people. She uses these historical accounts as a way to cast light on debates in the philosophy of education in the present. She is currently working on an ESRC funded MRES and PhD at the Institute of Education with a working title: 'A new social order': an historical and philosophical account of children's educational experiences in rural, anarchist areas in Spain during the 1930s. Her previous work has been about the Peckham Health Centre (1935-1950), Whiteway Colony (1926-today), Colin Ward (1924-2010), Leila Berg (1917-2012) and the US de-schoolers in the 1970s. She has also worked outside academia as a social researcher at the National Centre for Social Research and a curriculum director for the civic leadership organisation, Common Purpose. She currently leads an initiative with her architect husband, to involve children and teenagers in eco-building projects.
Peter Cunningham is a Senior Research Fellow at Homerton College, Cambridge, and Visiting Fellow at the London Institute of Education. His research interests lie in social and cultural history, and as an educationist he aims to apply insights from history to current policy and practice. He has studied school curriculum and pedagogy, teacher education and teacher identity, using oral history and focusing especially on the impact of WW2 and on progressive practice in twentieth century primary schooling. Activity within HES and the International Standing Conference on the History of Education (ISCHE) led to membership of organising committee for ISCHE 36 in 2014 on War, Peace and Education. Participation in the Decorated Schools network, an AHRC funded research project on school murals and school sculptures, resulted in co-editing and contributing to The Decorated School: Essays on the Visual Culture of School (Black Dog, November 2013). In 2012 he published Politics and the Primary Teacher (Routledge) and articles in Oxford Review of Education (October 2012), and in History of Education (January 2012).
Heather Ellis (Co-opted) is Senior Lecturer in History of Education at Liverpool Hope University. Between 2008 and 2012 she was Lecturer and Researcher in British History at the Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin. Her doctoral research investigated the importance of generational conflict in the process of university reform in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Oxford. A monograph based on the thesis, entitled Generational Conflict and University Reform: Oxford in the Age of Revolution, was published with Brill in August 2012. Heather is currently working on a book project for Palgrave Macmillan exploring the connections between masculinity and scientific authority in nineteenth and early twentieth-century Britain. It focuses on the British Association for the Advancement of Science, on the role which discourses of gender and masculinity played in its foundation and development as well as in the self-fashioning of its leading members. She has also published a number of journal articles and book chapters on the importance of age and generation in the construction of masculine identities, the history of higher education, and the reception of classical scholarship. She is currently editing two collections of essays on nineteenth and twentoeth-century juvenile delinquency and Anglo-German scholarly networks in the long nineteenth century. She is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and her contact details are as follows: Dr. Heather Ellis, Faculty of Education, Liverpool Hope University, Hope Park, Liverpool, L16 9JD; Tel: 0151 291 3759; Email: email@example.com Website: www.hope.ac.uk/staff/ellish.html
Rob Freathy (Website Manager/Publicity and Co-editor of History of Education Researcher) is Senior Lecturer in History of Education in the Graduate School of Education, and Director of Taught Programmes in the College of Social Sciences and International Studies, both at the University of Exeter. Rob taught in secondary schools in Devon and Somerset before undertaking a PhD at Exeter (Religious Education and Education for Citizenship in English Schools, 1934-1944, 2005). His research has spanned pedagogical and curricular development in Religious Education in schools to historical research on vocational and technical education in post-Second World War England. He has published articles in History of Education, History of Education Researcher, Oxford Review of Education, Religious Education (USA), British Journal of Religious Education, Journal of Beliefs and Values and Journal for the Study of Spirituality, as well as contributing chapters to a number of books, including Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief (Oxford, 2012) and History, Remembrance and Religious Education (Oxford, 2014) both of which he co-edited with Stephen Parker and Leslie J. Francis. With Stephan and Leslie, Rob co-edits a series of books published by Peter Lang on the theme of Religion, Education and Values. He is Book Reviews Editor for History of Education, co-editor, with Jonathan Doney, of History of Education Researcher, and an editorial board member for the British Journal of Religious Education. He is also responsible for developing Exe Libris: The UK History of Education Society On-line Bibliography (in association with the University of Exeter). His contact details are: Dr. R. J. K. Freathy, Graduate School of Education, University of Exeter, Heavitree Road, Exeter, EX1 2LU. Telephone: 01392 724818. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark Freeman (Co-editor History of Education) is Senior Lecturer in Economic and Social History at the University of Glasgow. He has also held research posts at the Universities of York and Hull, and the Institute of Historical Research. His research interests include the history of British adult education and youth organisations, and he has published on these themes in History of Education, the English Historical Review, Quaker Studies and many other journals. He is the convenor of the HES annual conference in 2011. He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and also has research interests in rural and business history. His contact details are Dr Mark Freeman, School of Social and Political Sciences, Lilybank House, Bute Gardens, University of Glasgow, Glasgow. G12 8RT. Email: Mark.Freeman@glasgow.ac.uk
Lottie Hoare (Joint postgraduate representative) is a teacher and writer. Published work on education includes articles on Dame Margaret Miles (FORUM: 54/1, 2012); Hilary Pepler (History of Education Researcher 91/May 2013) and an ODNB entry on Dorothy Elmhirst. From October 2013 she will be working on an AHRC funded PhD at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, supervised by Dr Catherine Burke. She has research interests in the history of comprehensive schooling; educational interactions as recorded on radio and in documentary film and the use of multiple intelligences in educational research. Her PhD study will examine the representation of education in the broadcast media 1954-1965.
Andrea Jacobs (Treasurer) is the Treasurer of the History of Education Society. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Winchester where she is also a founder member of the Centre for the History of Women's Education. She has published on the subject of her PhD thesis, Girls and Examinations 1860-1902, as well as with Joyce Goodman on music education in girls' secondary schools and with Camilla Leach and Stephanie Spencer on the University of Winchester Alumni Voices project. Currently, Andrea is co-writing a book detailing the findings of the Alumni Voices project.
Jane Martin (Past President) is Professor of Social History of Education and Head of Department of Education and Social Justice at the University of Birmingham. She was previously Head of Department of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Institute of Education, University of London and has lectured in Education Studies, History, Sociology and Women’s Studies at the University of Northampton and London Metropolitan University. Her publications include Women and the Politics of Schooling in Victorian and Edwardian England, winner of the History of Education Society (UK) Book Prize 2002 and Making Socialists: Mary Bridges Adams and the Fight for Knowledge and Power 1855-1939 (2010). Her books with Joyce Goodman include Women and Education 1800-1980 (2004) and a 4-volume set for Routledge Women and Education: Major Themes in Education (2011). She is a past editor of the journal History of Education and was the Brian Simon BERA Educational Research Fellow for 2004/5. Currently, she is writing a biography of Caroline Benn.
Kevin Myers is Senior Lecturer in Social history and Education in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham. He serves on the editorial boards for the journals History of Education, Paedagogica Historica and Educational Review. He has research interests in the educational experiences of minority communities and he has published widely in this area.
Stephen Parker is Professor of the History of Religion and Education at the University of Worcester. His PhD, published as Faith on the Home Front (Oxford, 2005), focused upon popular religion during the Second World War and the role of the churches during the blitz. Stephen has recently authored and co-edited a further volume stemming from the themes of his thesis: God and War: the Church of England and armed conflict in the twentieth century (Ashgate, 2012). He has published widely (with Dr Rob Freathy) on the history of religious education in the twentieth-century. Stephen is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and of the Royal Society for Arts, a Member of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values, and Associate Editor and Reviews Editor of the Journal of Beliefs and Values. Recently Stephen successfully bid to the Leverhulme Trust for a Research Project Grant to investigate a project entitled ‘Faith on the Air: a religious educational broadcasting history, c. 1922-present’ (funded 2014-2017). Stephen’s contact details are: Professor S.G. Parker, Institute of Education, Henwick Road, Worcester, WR2 6AJ. Telephone: 01905 542165. Email: email@example.com Website: http://www.worcester.ac.uk/discover/dr-stephen-parker.html
Deirdre Raftery (joint editor of History of Education, Jan 2009-Dec 2013) has a PhD from Trinity College Dublin, where she lectured for five years before being appointed to the School of Education at University College Dublin, where she is Director of Research and supervisor of Masters and PhD research in the history of education. She has published extensively in her field, presenting papers and carrying out research in the USA, South Africa, South East Asia, and in many parts of Europe. She has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford, and is an honorary Life Member of Girton College Cambridge. She won the CHSHWA Hibernian Research Award, University of Notre Dame (2012), and was an Ireland-Canada University Foundation scholar in 2012. Publications: Women & Learning in English Writing, 1600-1900 (1997), and (jointly) Emily Davies: Selected Letters, 1861-1875 (2004); Female Education in Ireland, 1700-1900: Minerva or Madonna (2006); Choosing a School: Second Level Education in Ireland (2007). For Routledge, she has published (jointly) Gender and Education: International Perspectives (2010), and History of Education: Themes and Perspectives (2013). She has also published many articles and chapters, including contributions to Paedagogica Historica; History of Education; The Routledge Companion to Education; Educating the Child in Enlightenment Britain, and to the forthcoming Routledge volume, Education and the State (2014). Her new book, jointly with Karin Fischer, is Education and Irish Society: Historical Perspectives (2014). She is currently researching a history of Irish women religious (nuns) and international education, 1840-1940.
Nicola Sheldon is a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research. She is currently working on the two-year History in Education project to create a ‘history of history teaching’ since 1900. This incorporates an oral history project working with teachers and former pupils, as well as curriculum innovators and those influential in the formation of the National Curriculum for history. She spent 16 years working in 16-19 education, teaching A level history and politics at several sixth form colleges before completing her MSc and DPhil at Oxford University from 2003-7. Her initial research interests focused on truancy and changing policies for dealing with it, raising of the school leaving age and school-family relationships. She has published articles on the web for History and Policy (www.historyandpolicy.org) on these themes as well as journal articles for History of Education Researcher, History of Education (Nov. 2007) and Local Population Studies (Autumn 2009). More recently, she has moved into study of the history of child care institutions from 1870-1930 with a recent article in History of Education (Nov. 2009). Further work is forthcoming in two edited volumes due to be published in 2011. Her contact details are: Dr Nicola Sheldon, History in Education Project, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU. Telephone: 0207 862 8804. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Stephanie Spencer (Secretary) is currently Head of Department - Education Studies at The University of Winchester with special interest in history and gender. She completed her PhD ‘Girls and Career Choice in the late 1950s: constructions of the female role' in 2001, now published as Gender, Work and Education in Britain in the 1950s by Palgrave. An article based on research for the thesis, ‘Schoolgirl to Career Girl: the city as educative space', won the ISCHE prize for best paper by new scholar at the Birmingham conference in 2001. Publications include articles in History of Education, Women's History Review, Paedagogica Historica and Journal of Educational Administration and History. She is on the editorial board of Women's History Review and Journal of Educational Administration and History. Her current research interests include co convening an ESRC seminar series on Women in Britain in the 1950s with Penny Tinkler (Manchester) and Claire Langhamer (Sussex), the Alumni Voices oral history project at the University of Winchester and transnational femininities in girls' school and college stories with Nancy Rosoff (Rutgers). She convenes the Centre for the History of Women's Education, based at The University of Winchester.
Tom Woodin (Co-editor History of Education) is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London where he is the programme leader for the History of Education MA. He has written on worker writers and community publishing in the UK since the 1970s and is currently producing on a book on the topic. In addition, he is editing a book on Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values to be published by Routledge in 2014. He led an ESRC funded project on the history of the school leaving age which resulted in a book, with Gary McCulloch and Steve Cowan, Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age - Coming of Age? (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). Working with David Crook and Vincent Carpentier, he led another project for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on the history of community and mutual ownership which resulted in a report on the topic: http://www.jrf.org.uk/publications/community-mutual-ownership. In 2007-8 he was the British Educational Research Association Brian Simon Fellow. His other research interests include the history of education and the co-operative movement, the life and work of Brian Simon, and the social history of learning in relation to social movements. He co-edits History of Education with Susannah Wright and Mark Freeman and, from 2008-13, co-edited the History of Education Researcher.