Further reflections on the right kind of history

Building R21, Muirhead Tower 112, School of Education
Research, Social Sciences, Students
Monday 19th March 2012 (17:00-18:30)

Sarah McCook, Departmental Secretary
E-mail: s.mccook@bham.ac.uk 
Tel: 0121 414 4844

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Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood (DOMUS) Seminar Series 2011-2012

Speaker: Professor David Cannadine

This seminar paper will share the findings and recommendations of the project: ‘The Right Kind of History’. The project was a contribution to debate about the place of history in the classroom and the national curriculum. It documented the teaching of history in England's state schools from the early 1900s to the present day and the political decisions and the pedagogic practices which determined the sort of history that has been taught. The paper draws on a wide variety of hitherto unpublished material, including an especially created oral history archive and the recollections of many former pupils as to what it was like to be on the receiving end and how much they have remembered of what they were taught. The paper will end by presenting a series of recommendations about what needs to be done to safeguard the teaching of history in England's schools in the future.

Professor Sir David Cannadine is an historian of modern British history from 1800 to 2000. He has published extensively on aspects of social, cultural, political and imperial history from this period, with a particular focus on the British aristocracy; urban development and the structure of power in British towns; issues of class in Britain and the themes of cultural expression and ceremony both within Britain and its empire. He is currently Whitney J. Oates Senior Research Scholar and Professor at Princeton University.