Hugh Pollard was a Christian educationalist. His book Pioneers of Popular Education, 1760-1850, which details the contributions made by Kay-Shuttleworth, was published in 1956. As an educationalist, Pollard was a keen studier of the work of Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth. From 1960, he was an influential Vice Principal of the College of St Mark and St John (of which Kay-Shuttleworth was one of the founders) in Chelsea, London, and it was at his request that the then Librarian of the College, B.C. Bloomfield, compiled an outline handlist of the papers of Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth, A Handlist of the Papers in the Deed Box of Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth (College of St Mark and St John Occasional Papers No.2, 1961). Bloomfield's outline list serves as the basis for this catalogue. Bloomfield edited the autobiography of Sir James Phillips Kay-Shuttleworth, To review the sources of the chief impulses which have governed a life without egotism. This work was titled The Autobiography of Sir James Kay-Shuttleworth and was also published through the College of St Mark and St John.
In 1963, Pollard was the founding Principal of St Martin's College, Lancaster, a Church of England establishment. Pollard maintained contact with the granddaughter of Sir James, the Hon. Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth, over many years. In 1968, he acquired five letters formerly belonging to Mrs B.R. James, which came to the University of Manchester in 1965. This donation was followed by another in 1972, when Pollard donated copies of documents (mainly relating to John Pyke Hullah), taken from originals belonging to Mrs Kingsbury (Bladon, Oxfordshire), great-granddaughter of Sir James. These copied documents are described as, "Photocopies of additions to Kay-Shuttleworth. Acknowledged - Dr Hugh Pollard"