Learning in London – Conference 2011

Saturday 29th October 2011

London has long had a history as a centre of learning. From the charity schools established in the Middle Ages, to the university colleges developed in the nineteenth century, the city has continuously maintained its position as a place of education, and today London has the largest student population of any British city.

But learning in London has not just been represented by formal educational institutions such as UCL; informal and organically created establishments have also taken root and flourished, from the George Padmore Institute, an educational resource centre housing materials relating to the black community of Caribbean, African and Asian descent in Britain, to the Kingsley Hall Community Centre, an educational centre which has had links to Mahatma Gandhi and R. D. Laing. It is these stories that the 2011 Archives for London Conference wishes to explore, as well as revealing ways in which London-based archives use education and learning to promote their services.

To uncover these exciting narratives and projects, Archives for London has brought together some of London’s top academics and archive professionals and we are thus delighted to be able to confirm the following conference speakers:

  • Keynote Speech: Politics and Policy-Making in London Education: Mapping Generations of Activism, Professor Jane Martin (Institute of Education)
  • The George Padmore Institute Supplementary Schools, Remi Harris (Treasurer)
  • The Kingsley Hall Community Centre, Alice Mackay (Project Coordinator, Kingsley Hall Community Centre)
  • Aspects of Electrical Engineering Education in London, Dr. Brian Bowers (Retired Curator, Science Museum)
  • Panel Session: How are Archives used for Educational Purposes? Roland Allen (Artistic Director, Big Wheel Theatre Company), Maureen Roberts (Senior Information Officer, London Metropolitan Archives), and Richard Daniels (Senior/Stanley Kubrick Archivist, Archives and Special Collections Centre at University of the Arts London)
  • UCL: non-conformist university, Anne Barrett (College Archivist, Imperial College London)
  • School Archives: A Neglected Resource?, Elizabeth Wells (Archivist, Westminster School)

Learning in London will take place on Saturday 29 October 2011 at University College London. The fee for non-members (£55) includes one year membership of Archives for London (usually £10).

Click here for the booking form

Click here for the Press Release

Download the Speaker Biographies here

Read the conference paper abstracts here

AfL is also pleased to offer four student places at the special rate of £10 (full fees £38-£55). The successful applicants will join AfL in recording the conference by producing a paper on selected presentations and resulting discussions. You are also encouraged to participate in the activities behind the scenes to organise the conference.

To apply for one of the four places please complete the application form and return it with a personal statement of your interest and suitability (no more than one side of A4) to AfL before 16 September 2011.
Image Caption - Copland Secondary Modern School, Wembley, c1953. Crown Copyright. From the Photographic Archive of the Architects’ and Buildings Branch. Courtesy of the Institute of Education Archives, ref ABB/A/42/13