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University of Strathclyde and antecedents
Education - general
Association of Directors of Education in Scotland records
Independent professional network formed in 1920 to inform and influence education policy in Scotland.
Scottish Association for the Promotion of Technical and Secondary Education records
Formed to promote development, systematisation and unification of higher education and to secure funding for secondary and technical education for local authorities.
Patrick Geddes papers
The papers of Patrick Geddes (1854-1932), biologist, sociologist, pioneering town planner and one of the greatest social thinkers of his time. Geddes had a strong interest in educational theory.
Robert Rusk papers
The papers of Robert Rusk (1879-1972), educational historian
Marjorie Cruickshank papers
The papers of Marjorie Cruickshank (1920-1983), educationist.
David Stow collection
Correspondence and papers about David Stow (1793-1864), educational writer. Includes copies of published works by and about Stow.
Glenda White papers
Papers of Glenda White, inspector of schools and educational consultant.
Charles Carter papers
Papers of Charles Carter (1919-2002), economist. Gave evidence to the Robbins Committee on Higher Education and the James Committee on Teacher Education and Training.
Rare books and material previously part of the working collection of Jordanhill’s antecedent institutions: Glasgow Provincial Training College (1907-1959), Glasgow Church of Scotland Training College (1845-1907) and Glasgow Free Church Training College (1845-1907).
Comprises mainly 19th and 20th century materials for primary and secondary level education, including: books on tuition of reading, writing and arithmetic; children’s picture books; textbooks; other educational material; and reports on education in Scotland.
Articles and blogposts on education and teaching
The Establishment of Teacher Training in Glasgow
Teacher training institutions developed in Glasgow from 1828, when the Glasgow Infant School Society established a model school for children aged 2-6 in the Drygate. As well as teaching the children, the staff instructed a number of adults as infant school teachers. Nine years later, Scotland’s first Normal Seminary (a term derived from the French école normale, meaning a school in which a rule or ‘norm’ could be laid down and imitated) was opened at Dundas Vale.
The University of Strathclyde in 50 items
The year 2014 was the 50th anniversary of the granting in 1964 of the royal charter of the University of Strathclyde. However, the University can trace its history much further back, to 1796 with the foundation of Anderson’s Institution by John Anderson, Professor of Natural Philosophy at Glasgow University. Anderson left instructions in his will for the establishment of a new university in Glasgow which would be a place of ‘useful learning’ and of education for all, regardless of gender or social class. Today’s University of Strathclyde, still ‘the place of useful learning’, is the direct descendant of Anderson’s Institution.
Patrick Geddes Summer Meetings
Patrick Geddes’s Summer Meetings, best described as a kind of international summer school, teaching a wide range of subjects, developed a strong reputation amongst intellectuals throughout Europe.
Women students at Anderson's Institution
John Anderson was very interested in making his classes relevant and interesting and left his estate for the purpose of establishing a new university where useful and practical learning were at the heart of teaching. Wider access to all classes, especially to women, was part of Anderson’s vision for the new institution.
The New Dominie
Taking its name from the Scots word for schoolmaster, the New Dominie was published several times each year from the mid-1920s until 1966 and served both as a forum for serious writing and debate, and as an outlet for humorous observations and satire on all aspects of College life.
Back to school
Miss Marie McCallum McDougall trained as a primary school teacher at the Glasgow Provincial Training College (later known as Jordanhill College of Education) from 1945-48. The course required her to spend several hours each week on placement in one of the local schools, observing the teachers’ classroom techniques.
Papers of William J. Ireland
The papers of William J. Ireland (1924-2002), graduate of the Scottish School of Physical Education and eminent teacher of Scottish country dance.
The Glasgow Athenæum Calendar
The 1903-1904 Calendar for the Glasgow Athenæum sheds light on Scottish higher education at the turn of the twentieth century, as well as providing an interesting social commentary. The calendar gives details on classes, examinations and prize lists, but somewhat unusually contains lovely illustrations featuring the building and Institution’s medals.
Recollections of Minnie Blair
This month, we feature the recollections of Minnie Blair, née Craig (1865-1956). Born and brought up in Glasgow, Minnie attended St John’s Church David Street School until she was 18 years old. Her recollections, written down shortly before her death in 1956 and transcribed many years later by Minnie’s granddaughter, focus primarily on her schooldays, and offer a fascinating glimpse into the life of the Glasgow schoolchild in the mid-nineteenth century.