The Gordon Batho Collection of Outdated School History Text Books

Scope and Content

This collection contains:

  • School history textbooks
  • History of teaching history texts
  • Examination papers
  • Facsimile based teaching materials

Administrative / Biographical History

Gordon Batho was a professor of history at the University of Durham from 1975 to 1988. His collection was endowed to the School of Economics on his retirement in 1988. The collection originated at the Historical Association in London, where Professor Gordon Batho was a Trustee for many years.


  • School history textbooks arranged by year of publication and alphabetically by author within each year.
  • Series are arranged by date of publication of the first volume in the series and shelved before the run of authors.
  • History of teaching history texts are arranged alphabetically by author.
  • Examination papers are arranged by date.
  • Facsimilie based teaching materials are arranged by Series number.

Access Information

Acquisition Information

Deposited by the University of Durham in 2015.

Other Finding Aids

Partially catalogued. Search Library Search at for individual items.

A series of Hand lists of History Books for Schools and a Hand list of Books on the History of History Teaching are available in print format.

Archivist's Note

Collection level description by Janet Davidson, Research Cataloguer, University of Worcester

Conditions Governing Use

Photocopies/photographs cam be made according to copyright law and depending on the condition of the documents. A copyright agreement and an agreement covering reproduction must be signed.

Appraisal Information

Appraised in accordance with University of Worcester's collection policy and depositor agreement.

Custodial History

Collection deposited with the University of Worcester's Research Collections in 2013.


No more accruals are expected.