Records of the History in Education Project

Scope and Content

Material relating to the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) History in Education Project, including oral history interviews and transcripts; project documentation; donated historical teaching materials; conference papers; teacher and pupil survey forms; correspondence.

Administrative / Biographical History

The History in Education Project was a major research project set up to look at the development of the teaching of history in English state schools from 1900 to the present day.

It was funded by the Linbury Trust and based at the Institute of Historical Research. Under the direction of Professor Sir David Cannadine, from January 2009 the Project’s two academic research fellows, Dr Jenny Keating and Dr Nicola Sheldon, created a ‘history of school history’ across the twentieth century. They looked at archives across the country, gathered a wealth of primary and secondary source material and interviewed a wide range of former pupils and teachers, school inspectors, educationalists and secretaries of state for education.

The research and interviews were completed by March 2011. During 2011 the three staff of the History in Education Project collaborated on producing the final account of the Project’s findings, published as a book 'The Right Kind of History: Teaching the Past in Twentieth-Century England' (Palgrave Macmillan). Jenny Keating researched and wrote up all the material for the period 1900-1965, Nicola Sheldon did the same for the years 1965-2010, and David Cannadine wrote the book itself.

Text from the Institute of Historical Research (IHR) website.


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

Restricted access

Access to some files is restricted under the Data Protection Act 1998. Please contact the archives for further information.

Acquisition Information

Given by the IHR in February 2012.


The roll could not be located August 2014.

Related Material

'The Right Kind of History: teaching the past in twentieth century England' by David Cannadine - IOE Library Ref. NigBunCAN.

British Library Sound Archive has copies of all 69 oral history interviews. Details of audio recordings and transcripts are available on the British Library website - catalogue no. C1371.

Secondary material collected from archives, libraries and museums has been kept in the archives of the Institute of Historical Research.