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January Forum: Researching and writing adult education history

18th January @ 6:00 pm 7:30 pm

Researching and writing adult education history

This is an in-person Forum. It will be held at the Leicester Adult Education College on Belvoir Street. Tea and cake will be provided from 6.00pm. The Forum will start at 6.15pm.


About the January Forum

Reflecting on his recent book, The Vital Message: Continuing Education and the University of Cambridge 1945-2010, Professor Mark Freeman will consider the challenges of writing an institutional history of university adult education, particularly in the recent period.

There is a long tradition of adult education history, often written from within institutions themselves. [Vaughan College has three such histories]. This tradition has reflected the senses of both marginality and mission that have characterised self-perception in extramural departments.  This may have been intensified in recent years under the impact of rapid and damaging changes in the funding environment, and the closure of many such departments. Nevertheless, the ‘Great Tradition’ of post-war university adult education produced many curricular and teaching-related innovations that remain worthy of study from a historical perspective.

About the Presenter

Mark Freeman is Professor of Social History and Education in the Institute of Education, University College London.  His is a historian of modern Britain, focusing on the history of adult education, youth organisations and informal education. He has published several books and articles on various aspects of modern British history.  He was co-investigator on a large AHRC-funded project entitled ‘The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016’ and co-editor of Restaging the Past: Historical Pageants, Culture and Society in Modern Britain. Mark is also on the editorial board of the journal History of Education

About the Vaughan Open Research Forum

Vaughan Open Research Forum is series of talks, workshops and interactive sessions which are open to anyone who is curious and wants to find out more.

Themes for sessions relate to our core teaching topics, arts, humanities, social sciences and counselling, and also discuss adult education and co-operative issues

Register for this event

This is a free event. It would help us with the catering if you could book your ticket here.

Leicester Adult Education College

54 Belvoir Street
Leicester, Leics LE1 6QL
January Forum: Researching and writing adult education history

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