History seminars at the IHR

Education in the Long 18th Century

Convenors: Michèle Cohen (RAIUL and IOE), Mary Clare Martin (Greenwich), Mark Burden (Oxford)  

Venue: John S Cohen Room 203, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Time: Saturday 2.00-4.00pm

We aim to provide a relaxed forum for conversation and debate on all aspects of research into education during the long eighteenth century. To this end, we will explore a variety of modes of presentation as starting point for discussion and debate, from reading group led by an invited speaker, to papers and panels.

We usually continue the conversation over tea and cakes afterwards.

We expect contributions to be last between 25 to 40 minutes maximum, to allow for discussion, and we welcome papers-in-progress from all, especially graduate students who would like to air and share ideas. Most of all, we aim to provide a space for friendly and supportive discussion where everyone feels they can participate, and bring together researchers on eighteenth-century education dispersed throughout the British Isles and beyond.

Autumn Term 2015
DateSeminar details
3 October A necessary part of a woman's duty?: Learning to sew and the place of needlework in working class lives

Bridget  Long  (Independent Scholar)

24 October Total eclipse of the lamp: familiar astronomy in the long eighteenth century

Melanie Keene  (Cambridge)

14 November Morals or Piety? French and English educational board games in the Long Eighteenth Century

Adrian Seville  (City University)

Venue: Peter Marshall Room N204, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Spring Term 2016
DateSeminar details
30 January Pinnock's Catechisms, 1812-1840: schoolbooks for "the meanest capacity"

Margaret Lock  (Independent Scholar)

5 March Needlework Education in the Long Eighteenth Century

Rosanne Waine  (Bath Spa)

Venue: Past and Present Room 202, 2nd floor, IHR, North block, Senate House

Summer Term 2016
DateSeminar details
23 April "Passionate, dedicated and loyal": characteristics of the leaders of early Mechanics' Institutes in south-east England, 1825-1840

Jana Sims (Independent Scholar)

7 May Natural graces, natural genius: gender and 'accomplishments' in the long eighteenth century

Michèle Cohen  (UCL Institute of Education)