Records of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain

Scope and Content

Papers of the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB), 1964-1998, including Executive Committee minutes (1964-1991); Annual General Meeting minutes (1964-1991); working files of Executive Committee and Annual General Meeting (1977-1991); papers relating to the PESGB constitution (1971-1986); papers and correspondence relating to branch activities, annual conferences and workshops; correspondence (1965-1990) including with the British Society of Aesthetics and similar overseas Societies; surveys on the Philosophy of Education in Higher Education Departments and teacher training (1988) and PESGB work and activities (1984); Newsletters and related working papers (1975-1998); membership files (1983-1990).

Administrative / Biographical History

The Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain was founded in 1964 under the presidency of Professor Louis Arnaud Reid. Its aim was 'to promote the development and teaching of the rigorous philosophical study of educational questions'. The Society is still active. It holds an annual three-day conference held close to Easter at New College, Oxford, as well as a variety of local branch meetings and conferences. The Society publishes the Journal of Philosophy of Education, IMPACT, a series of policy-related pamphlets, and an annual register of members' interests. The Society has members from both the UK and overseas and is normally open to all those who have been or are engaged in teaching, research or some form of study of the philosophy of education.

The Society is managed by the Executive Committee consisting of a President, Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Conference Organiser, Editor of the Journal, six elected members and up to six co-opted members. The Journal of Philosophy has its own Editorial Board.


The collection has been organised into twelve series:

1 - Constitution

2 - Annual General Meetings and Annual Conferences

3 - Executive Committee Minutes

4 - AGM and Executive Committee Working Papers

5 - Membership

6 - Branches

7 - Newsletters

8 - Annual Programmes

9 - Annual Conferences

10 - Surveys

11 - Correspondence files

12 - Administrative Files

Access Information


Open, subject to signature of Reader Application Form.

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.

Appraisal Information

All duplicates have been removed. Drafts of the newsletter in PES/7 have also been weeded and Pat White's papers in PES/12 have been weeded of duplicated newsletters and minutes of the Executive Committee and AGM.

Custodial History

Deposited by Professor Terrance McLaughlin, Chair of the Society, in February 2005.

Related Material

Published papers of the PESGB's Annual Conferences are available in the Institute's Library. Please see the online catalogue.