Ministry of Education & Department of Education & Science

Scope and Content

Contains publications and circulars issued by the Ministry of Education and its successor body, the Department of Education and Science (DES), and submissions of statistical returns by Bedford College of Physical Education to the DES.

Administrative / Biographical History

Under the Board of Education Act 1899 state control over non-elementary education became the responsibility of the Board of Education. The Board was replaced under the Education Act 1944 by the Ministry of Education which became responsible for education policy in England and Wales, and in turn was replaced by the Department of Education and Science (DES) in 1964. The DES was responsible for the encouragement and supervision of education in England and Wales and for civil science and higher education throughout the UK.