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Archives and Special Collections

Use this online resource to find out about our archive collections

Archives are unpublished, primary source material created during the life of an individual or an organisation. They are usually paper-based, but can also be film, sound, photographic and electronic materials.

The Institute of Education holds collections of archive materials ranging in date from 1797 to the present day. These archives are intended to reflect the broadest possible range of issues and concerns surrounding teaching and lifelong learning in past, present and future societies. This includes all levels of education from pre-school and school through to further, higher, teacher and adult education, in formal, informal and experimental settings. It includes research, practice, policy and thought in education and related areas. They provide a rich resource for the history of education and educationists both in this country and abroad.

We hold:

Deposited Collections, given to us by people and organisations related in some way to education. There are over 100 of these, ranging in size from one box to over 300.

The Institute Archive, comprising the records of the Institute of Education itself, dating from its creation in 1902.