Papers of Eileen Molony

Scope and Content

This collection mainly comprises material relating to the production of BBC series 'The Expanding Classroom', including correspondence, research material, scripts, shooting schedules, shot lists and transcripts. There are also audio tapes of Molony talking to Robin Tanner and videocassettes relating to television series about education, including The Expanding Classroom, Discovery and Experience, The Springs of Learning and How to Form a Playgroup.

Administrative / Biographical History

Eileen Molony (1914-1982) was a BBC television producer involved in the production of a wide range of programmes, particularly in the areas of travel, natural history, education and child development. She produced the television series 'The Expanding Classroom' which was first broadcast in 1969 and intended to provide an insight into schools which were implementing some of the recommendations of the Report of the Central Advisory Council for Education, Children and Their Primary Schools, 1967 (The Plowden Report). The schools covered in the programmes included Ashton County Primary School, Worcestersire; Eveline Lowe Primary School, London; Ashley Down Junior School, Bristol; Devizes Road Primary School, Salisbury, Wiltshire; Delves Infants' School, Walsall, Staffordshire; Fernwood Primary School, Nottinghamshire; Huntingdon Primary School, Nottinghamshire; Milford Primary School, Nottinghamshire; Portlans Primary School, Nottinghamshire; Green Meadow Primary School, Swindon, Wiltshire; and Eynsham County Primary School, Oxfordshire.


Material held on digital storage media have been removed from the body of the collection and placed in the Digital Physical Media Storage Area (Jessica Womack, March 2014)

Access Information


Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

Acquisition Information

This collection was originally part of the National Primary Education Archive at Bishop Grosseteste College Lincoln.

Other Finding Aids

Catalogue by Thora Wagstaffe/Guinever Moyes of the NPEA.

Conditions Governing Use

A reader wishing to publish any quotation of information, including pictorial, derived from any archive material must apply in writing for prior permission from the Archivist or other appropriate person(s) as indicated by the Archivist. A limited number of photocopies may be supplied at the discretion of the Archivist.

Custodial History

All of the material was transferred to the Institute in 1998.