Recent projects include:
Surburban Birmingham: spaces and places: 1880-1960
This British Academy funded research project was led by Ian Grosvenor working in partnership with curators from Birmingham Museum and Art Galleries, and archivists and librarians from Birmingham Libraries and Archives as well the University of Birmingham Special Collections.
As its title suggests, the project focused on the suburban spaces in which increasingly large numbers of Birmingham's inhabitants worked, rested, and played from the late-nineteenth century onwards. The researchers explored how public spaces (e.g. streets, squares, lidos, parks, meeting halls), semi-public spaces (e.g. pubs, clubs, music halls, shops, cafés, allotments, places of worship), and private spaces (homes and gardens) were built, used, thought about, and represented over an 80 year period of great social, economic, political and cultural change. More information on this project may be found at http://www.suburbanbirmingham.org.uk/about/
A study of Indian influences on progressive education in Britain during the early twentieth century and their subsequent impact
This research, funded by the British Academy was based on the premise that the existence of the empire opened up channels for a two-way exchange of educational thought and practice, and was primarily concerned with the flow of educational influence from the colonized to colonizer. By concentrating on the connections between educationists and movements in Britain and India in the early twentieth century, the research sought to gain an understanding of motivations underlying these connections from both sides and the extent to which they were political or pedagogical. Additionally, the research also examined how Indian influences arising from these connections were manifested in British educational thought and practice.
Contact: Dr Laura-Day Ashley
Birmingham stories: from communities of interpretation to communities of understanding
The living stories found in local archives hold an important key to understanding urgent social issues surrounding identity, citizenship and belonging. By using archives and library resources, this project, led by Professor Ian Grosvenor, aimed to make discoveries about ourselves which would allow us to become better informed and empowered in our understanding of history. The project included presentations and workshops in local communities as well as the production of a number of resources
based on a wide range of socially significant archive collections held by Birmingham Libraries and Archives Service. More information on the Birmingham Stories project
There are a number of students who are undertaking research on the history of research. Some of their profiles may be viewed below.
Izzy Mohammed - Public archives, Representation and Integration in Post-War, Multicultural Urban Contexts: Birmingham and Manchester
Julie Foster - Did Education Make a Difference? The impact education on the outcome of working-class individuals in Birmingham in the 19th century.
Examples of publications
Burke, C., Cunningham, P. and Grosvenor, I. (2010). Putting education in its place’: space, place and materialities in the history of education, History of Education, 39, 6, 677-80.
Grosvenor, I. and Burke, C. (2008). School: Iconic Architecture, London, Reaktion
Grosvenor, I. (2010) The School album: issues, histories and inequalities, Educacio I Historia. Revista d’Historia de l’Educacio, 15, 149-64.
Grosvenor, I. and Myers, K. (2010), 'Visions of history, versions of education: assessing the state of the art in the history of education' in Jahrbuch fur Historische Bildungsforschung Band 15. Klinkhardt: 2010, 334-52.
Jackson, D. Manning, R. (2004). Move me On, Teaching History, 117.