Papers of Michael Marland

Scope and Content

Papers of Michael Marland, including published and unpublished talks, speeches, papers and articles; material relating to his Headships at Woodberry Down School (1971-1979) and North Westminster Community School (1980-1999); research materials and draft writings; press cuttings and copy; conference administration papers; papers relating to work with publishers and organisations he supported such as the National Literacy Trust and the National Association for Pastoral Care in Education; biographical material, including Curricula vitae, papers relating to awards he received, and a collection of theatre programmes for amateur productions; as well as a quantity of occasional correspondence and a variety of photographs.

Administrative / Biographical History

Michael Marland (1934-2008) was a pioneering educationalist; both theorist and practitioner. He developed an international reputation through his teaching, writing and research, his involvement in policy initiatives and his advocacy of the arts. Having studied at Christ's Hospital, Horsham and Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge he went on to hold a series of senior posts in London state schools, most notably as Headteacher at Woodberry Down School (1971-1979) and North Westminster Community School (1980-1999). He was a passionate proponent of the comprehensive ideal, of inclusivity in general and of good educational practice. He wrote and spoke on a variety of topics including inner-city and inter-cultural education, school management and curriculum planning, pastoral care and the role of the arts in education.

In addition to his responsibilities as headteacher he was involved in many publishing ventures, editing major series for both Heinemann and Longman as well as writing books, articles and newspaper columns. He chaired and sat on a multitude of committees for a range of organisations and he was an enthusiastic public speaker at conferences and events in England and abroad.

His lifelong personal interests were the performing arts, literature, architecture and local history.

He was awarded the CBE in 1977, served as Honorary Professor of Education, University of Warwick (1980-1992) and received honorary awards from the universities of Kingston (Honorary DEd,2000), Surrey Roehampton (Honorary DUniv, 2001) and the Institute of Education (Honorary Fellow, 2002).

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Given by the family in April 2011.