Records of the Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre

Scope and Content

Student records, forms, examination papers 1937-1959 , student magazine, minutes of Board of Assessors, prospectuses, correspondence, courses overseas.

Administrative / Biographical History

The creation of the Centre was due to the recommendation by the Scottish Education Department in 1905  for Provincial Committees to be set up and four city training centres to be established for the training of teachers. Following this recommendation the Free Church Training College and the Church of Scotland Training College merged to become the Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre in 1907 . In 1959  the College became Moray House College of Education.

The Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre operated from Moray House, Edinburgh throughout its existence.

Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre was established to provide a more centralised system of training teachers. Teaching practice was done in the Demonstration School that was attached to the centre. Subjects taken by female students could include cookery, dressmaking, laundry, housewifery, sewing, millinery, manual training, physical instruction, and art. This depended on where the student trained e.g. Edinburgh School of Cookery, Edinburgh College of Art. For male students the subjects included art and agricultural method, which also depended on where they were training e.g. Edinburgh College of Agriculture, Edinburgh College of Art.

The administrative structure of the centre consisted of the Principal and staff being responsible to the Edinburgh Committee for the Training of Teachers. A Board of Assessors dealt with the standard of marks, and cases where marking was challenged.

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Edinburgh Provincial Training Centre

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Custodial History

Records were identified and listed as part of the 1995-1999 Non-Formula Funding Scottish higher Education Funding Council.


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Related Material

GB 237 EUA IN18: Records of the United Free Church of Scotland Training College

GB 237 EUA IN4: Records of Church of Scotland Training College

GB 237 EUA IN11: Records of Moray House College of Education

GB 237 EUA IN17: Records of the United Free Church of Scotland Normal School and Moray House College Demonstration School

Location of Originals

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Kirk, G.Moray House and Professional Education, 1835-1985. Edinburgh:  Scottish Academic Press ,  1985.