Ian Grosvenor is Professor of Urban Educational History. He is author of numerous articles and books on racism, education and identity, the visual in educational research, the material culture of education and the history of urban education. Books include, Assimilating Identities. Racism and Education in Post 1945 Britain (1997), Silences and Images. The Social History of the Classroom (1999) with Martin Lawn and Kate Rousmaniere, The School I’d Like (2003) and School (2008) both with Catherine Burke and Materialities of Schooling (2005) with Martin Lawn.
At the RLUK Conference in 2014, Professor Grosvenor presented From 'Connecting Histories' to 'Think Corner': academic reflections on a journey through public engagement with research.
Current research focuses on new ways of conceptualising and presenting the educational past through consideration of issues relating to space, design, technology, the visual in education, artefacts and identity formation.
Research projects include:
AHRC 2014-2016 Voices of War and Peace
This study day explored the Black community's contribution to the Great War.
AHRC award 2012-2016 Cultural Intermediation: connecting communities in the creative urban economy led by Dr Phil Jones, Senior Lecturer in Cultural Geography at the University of Birmingham.
AHRC Museums and Galleries Research Grant award 2008-2010, ‘Suburban Birmingham: spaces and places: 1880-1960’ with Dr Richard Clay and Dr Fran Barry
British Academy 2009-2010, ‘Documentary Film in Educational Research’ with Dr Paul Warmington, Professor Martin Lawn, Dr Catherine Burke, Professor Frank Simon, Dr Bruno Vanobbergen, Dr Angelo van Gorp and Dr Jeremy Howard.
Heritage Lottery Fund 2012 Children’s Lives Research for an exhibition at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery in 2012.
AHRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowship 2007-2009, Birmingham Stories: from communities of interpretation to communities of understanding
Braster, S., Grosvenor, I. and del Mar de Pozo, M. (eds) (2012) Inside the Black Box of the Classroom. Berlin: Peter Lang, pp 330.
Grosvenor, I. (2012) To Act on the Minds of Children’: Paintings into School and English Education’ in Braster, S., Grosvenor, I. and del Mar de Pozo, M. (eds) Inside the Black Box of the Classroom, Berlin: Peter Lang, 39-58
Grosvenor, I. and Hall, A (2012) Back to School from a holiday in the slums!: images, words and inequalities, Critical Social Policy, 32, 1, 11-30. Doi: 10.1177/0261018311425197
Goodman, J. and Grosvenor, I (2011) The history of education: a curious case? In John Furlong and Martin Lawn (eds) Disciplines of Education. Their Role in the Future of Education Research Abingdon: Routledge, 67-84.
Myers, Kevin and Grosvenor, Ian (2011) Birmingham Stories: local histories of migration and settlement and the practice of history. Midland History, 36 (2). pp. 149-162. DOI: 10.1179/004772911X13074595848915
Myers, Kevin and Grosvenor, Ian (2011) Exploring supplementary education: margins, theories and methods. History of Education, 40 (4). pp. 501-521. DOI: 10.1080/0046760X.2010.529835
Warmington, P. Van Gorp, A. and Grosvenor, I. (2011) Education in motion: uses of documentary film in educational research Paedagogica Historica, 47, 4,457- 472. DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2011.588239
Warmington, P. and Grosvenor, I. (2011) A very historical mode of understanding': examining editorial and
ethnographic relations in The Primary (2008), Paedagogica Historica, 47, 4, 543-558 DOI:
Burke, C. and Grosvenor, I. (2011) The Hearing School: an exploration of sound and listening in the modern school, Paedagogica Historica, 47, 3., 323-340 DOI: 10.1080/00309230.2010.530273
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.
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