Papers of Richard Aldrich

Scope and Content

Education journals, various.

Material relating to the centenary history of the IOE, comprising tapes of interviews with prominent people, with transcripts.

Material relating to Joseph Payne, including letters, photographs and other personalia.

Administrative / Biographical History

Richard Aldrich was a Professor of the History of Education at the Institute of Education (IOE) where he worked from 1973 until his retirement in 2003 and he was largely responsible for the Institute becoming the leading centre for the history of education in the UK.

He was a significant figure in the development of the field both nationally and internationally and was heavily involved in both the UK History of Education Society and the International Standing Conference for the History of Education (ISCHE). He contributed to the Journal of Educational Administration and History and served on its editorial board from 2003.

He consistently drew attention to the connections between past and current issues in education and to the political dimensions of educational reform.

His published works include studies of Sir John Pakington and Joseph Payne, biographical dictionaries of educationalists in England, Europe and North America, and a centenary history of the IOE

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