CALH (Cambridgeshire Association for Local History)
Spring Conference 2011:
EDUCATING THE PEOPLE
‘A NATIONAL EVIL REQUIRES A NATIONAL REMEDY'
How inspired individuals and groups brought us
from mass illiteracy to universal education
In Association with Sawston Village History Society www.sawstonhistory.org.uk
The CALH Spring Conference this year combines three major celebrations and anniversaries, it is the 60th Anniversary of the foundation of the Cambridgeshire Association for Local History (Cambridgeshire Local History Council), it is the Bicentenary of foundation of the National Schools (National Society for the Education of the Poor in the Principles of the Established Church) in 1811 and last year the 80th Anniversary of the founding of Sawston Village College by Henry Morris, the Cambridgeshire county education secretary, takes place:
in the Henry Morris Hall
at Sawston Village College
on Saturday 9th April 2011
10am to 4pm
The Conference Secretary is:
For further information in the first instance
please contact Andrew at:
email@example.com : 01223 892430 or 0787 5469538
The day will begin with registration between 09.30 and 10.00, morning coffee will be served on arrival.
We have four expert speakers and two chairmen to host the proceedings for you, and the days programme will be as follows:
The Morning Session will be hosted by our Secretary Andrew Westwood-Bate: (Andrew wanted to host the morning session as he carried out a Royal Navy Artificer Apprenticeship in the 1970s)
Our first speaker is Honor Ridout - (the CALH Chairman) and she will be talking on:
LEARNING BY DOING
Apprentices, Rich and Poor
Our second speaker is Terry Ransome - ( of The British Schools Trust, Hitchin) he will be telling us about:
BRITISH SCHOOLS AND THE LANCASTRIAN SYSTEM
The morning session will close with a Q and A session.
Before lunch we have a real special treat, as stated before in 2010 the students of Sawston Village College carried out a research project on Henry Morris and they will be:
REMEMBERING HENRY MORRIS
After break for Lunch, when delegates can either bring their own Lunch or enjoy a Pre-booked lunch.
We start the afternoon session with host Tony Kirby:
The afternoon will start off with our third speaker Dr Peter Warner - ( Homerton College, Senior Tutor and Director of Studies in History) he will be telling us about:
DISSENTING ACADEMY TO TEACHER EDUCATION
The Development of Homerton College
The last talk of the day is Adrian Barlow - ( Director of Public and Professional Programmes, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education), Adrian retires this summer and this is one of your last chances to listen to this excellent lecturer, who will tell us all about
Extension Lectures and the
origins of Extramural Studies
The afternoon session will close with another Q and A session.
We will finish the day with afternoon tea, biscuits, and as tradition now dictates home made cake.
The day cost just £10.00 for CALH and Sawston Village History Society members, other Affiliated Society and Associated members pay just £12.50 and £15.00 for non-members, a preordered lunch is available for just £6.00.
There will be a selection of display stands showing the history of education in various Cambridgeshire villages, please let Honor Ridout know if you would like to add your village to this. Please click here for information on how you carry this out
We will have our own CALH bookstall, and will also hold a raffle
If you are having problems with transport, please let us know:
Bus: For more info click here
The Stagecoach Citi 7 Bus leaves Emmanuel Street at 0842 and gets to Sawston at 0915. There is a Bus returning to Cambridge at 1638 arriving at Drummer Street at 1740. The buses are very frequent approximately every 10 minutes.
For full details of the programme and how to book, you can download a booking form by clicking here
Membership Forms are available by click on the appropriate form at the following web page:
For any other information or help, drop us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 892430 or 0787 5469538.
Have you researched issues of education
in your village or community?
Would you like to carry out some
research before April 2011?
We would like to include your work in the exhibition display which will accompany the presentations at the Educating the People Conference.
Any relevant topic will be welcome. It could be about your village school, but it could also be about other aspects of education, whether for children or adults. Has your village a nineteenth century village Reading Room? Have you a history of WEA or other adult education? Were there any initiatives to promote vocational training – anything from straw plaiting to metal work? Have you records of young people being indentured apprentices? Are there personal records of individuals who won an education against the odds?
(If you would like to do some new research, check out the Victoria County History entry for your community, to see what has been done and what you might do. The staff at the County Record Office and the Cambridgeshire Collection will then be pleased to help you.)
If you have work already carried out, or if you would like to carry out such a project this spring and display the results, do let us know. We would like to plan for your display, so please complete and send us the details on the form.
Please return these details to (or for further information contact) The Conference Co-ordinator - Honor Ridout: email email@example.com phone 01223 870940
2 Trinity Close, Haslingfield, Cambridge CB23 1LS
‘School Day Reminiscences’
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When I started school in 19__..................................
The school was built…………………………………..
There were….pupils in the class.
The first thing I remembered learning was………………
Teachers, lessons, food, discipline, testing, outings……What do you remember of your school days? Or did you learn at home? Either way, it was probably different from today’s schooling.
Add your experience to our Educating People conference by writing your memories (add pictures if you like).
No prizes, but your own contribution
to the history of our times.
Please send or email to Honor Ridout:
2 Trinity Close, Haslingfield, Cambridge CB23 1LS
email firstname.lastname@example.org phone 01223 870940
Am now covered in big insect bites and calamine lotion from our explore of Sawston spooky, swampy wood on Sunday. That'll teach me to go walking in woods with flip flops on!
I have been back down the cellers of Cherry Hinton Hall this morning to gather up and rescue more of the archives which were discovered there a couple of months ago.
Cambridge International School now rent the Hall building from the council and the teachers and pupils there have been a fantastic inspriation. They have taken real care and interest in their School Building and the history of the site and local area. I went out to visit them a couple of months ago to take them some old maps, records and artifacts relating to the building and site. Also to show the children around the parkland and point out and show them all the lumps and bumps on the ground, telling them what we think is hidden beneath.
While I took some of the children round the park one of the teachers did a history trail in the Hall building which included a visit down the cellers. The children came up from the celler clutching handfulls of interesting old documents from the mid 20th century and paper work which they had discovered down there. There were things like old Folk Festival programmes from the 1970's, Royal Ballet tickets, City Council amenities records and all sorts. I then went down the celler to see where these had all come from and I found there was a very sizable amount of these documents all piled up on a ledge and some in old decaying wooden crates. The cellers, were vey dark - no electricity - and very, very damp, with running water culverts in places. The documents were in need of being removed and examined as soon as possible. So it was agreed that I could go back sometime soon and take the archives out and remove them to the Cherry Hinton Community Archives Group (CHCCAN) for examination and if appropriate, recording and making public via our website.
A couple of weeks ago both myself and Jon Phillips (CHCCAN) went down in the cellers to begin sorting this lost archive out but not having electricity and the sheer amount which was there, we decided to take a sample of the archive and come back another day with re-enforcements and better lighting!
On Saturday the Cambridge International School was awarded a CYPHA award (Cambridgeshire Young Persons History Award) at the CALH (Cambridgeshire Association for Local History) AGM & awards in Toft, Cambridge. I put the school forward for this award as I was so impressed by the work the children had produced on their local area and the interest they had shown in the history and how the teachers had been so encouraging. You can see more about this on their website and more about the awards at CALH
Today I have been back to the cellers, along with Jon & Nicola Phillips to retreive the remaining archives. This time we had much better lighting (it is very spooky down in those cellers!) and we spend a good couple of hours ferrying the archives out of the celler to my car. There was so much! A lot had, sadly, been so badly damaged by water and had rotted but a huge amount was still fine - there was a lot of old council reocrds from the 1930's to late 1970's. Lots of interest, with things like parks and gardens records, items from the allotment society and records of the Cambridge Festival etc. My car was filled - literally! As so much of the material didn't actually relate to the Hall itself or just to Cherry Hinton village, I decided to give my friend Phillip Sauders a ring. Phillip is a well known Cambridgeshire archivist working at Cambridgeshire Archives (formally Cambrigeshire Records Office). I had a chat about what we had and asked him if I could pop up to Shire Hall to the Cambs Archives so that he could have a look and see if he was interested. He agreed, so off I went, car nearly touching the floor with the weight! (good job I have an old banger). Phillip and one of the conservators came out to the car and had a good look and decided they would be able to take the archives in and sort them out, which was fantastic news :)
Once they have had chance to go through them properly, Phillip will get back to me with an update and we'll see how it goes.
So all in all, I'm very pleased that we were able to rescue these documents before they degraded any further.
It is such a beautiful day today that we decided to get up early and make the most of it. We started by going to the car boot sale at Chaplins Farm in Fulbourn, it is a very good size now, having grown over the last several years to become one of the best in Cambridge. We got some plants for our bare looking garden and we were determind to buy some 'car boot junk', so we came home with a Rubiks Magic from the 1980's and a Garfield cat landline phone, again from the '80's, and both still working great. Garfield has now replaced the home phone and I have been trying to remember the trick to the Rubiks Magic most of the afternoon (as you can tell, I am having the day off today :)
We went for an early lunch at the Robin Hood Pub in Cherry Hinton, which has just been refurbished and changed to an 'Eating Inn', It was very different inside now the work has been done but a really really good job, it looks such a nice place to go now. We sat in the garden and enjoyed our lunch then drove over to the village of Abington, where we had a lovely walk across the beautiful park.
We paddled in the fresh stream which runs alongside the park, which was nice as it is so hot today. We hunted for bits and pieces of old pottery in the water and came away with some bits of old blue and white china which we'll stick on plant pots with plaster of paris at some point, when we've collected enough.
Then we went for a walk over to the pretty little church, there were cows right next to it which I'd have loved to stroke but they wouldn't come close enough. It's such a shame that you can't get into churches now and that most are locked - I know you can go and get the key usually but sometimes you just want to pop in to look around. Still we walked around it, the strange thing we noticed was there were hardly any gravestones at all there - I'll have to find out why.
Then a walk back to the car through this picture postcard village and we drove into Sawston.
We parked just off of the High Street and had a quick look at the newly restored Challis gardens and a peek at Challis House which it is hoped will be a new museum for Sawston some point soon.
We went on to a strange wood at the north west end of Sawston and went for a quick explore, I had flip flops on because I knew we were going paddling but I did a good job of dodging the nettles in the wood :) This was a really odd place, not sure we were even allowed in but there was an open place to get in by. It was very overgrown and seemed unmanaged but strangest of all was the weird old swamp in the middle - it definately looked like a natural traditional looking swamp - not what you'd expect to find in Sawston - I'd love to find out more about this strange place - who owns it, its history etc.
Anyway, we're finishing off the day at home now, so all in it's been a really lovely day :)
Landscape Archaeologist, Local Historian & Mobile Makeup Artist