Education News

Developments and events in Education, from latest issue of Local History News.

Bedford & Luton Archives & Records Service

Bedford & Luton Archives & Records Service has just completed a series of four visits from a group of Year 12 students. ‘Young Archivists’ was a team effort as members of staff devised effective ways to engage interested young people in the work of the service. They learned the ‘who’ ‘what’ and ‘why’ of the service, and had hands-on and discussion sessions with archivists, a conservator and a digitisation technician. They hope to offer this opportunity to more groups in the future.

The War Memorials Trust

The War Memorials Trust has been working with Historic England and Civic Voice to develop a new set of learning resources to encourage young people to become involved with War Memorials Online, and become more concerned with practical conservation issues. The new materials are aimed at upper primary school pupils, and include a checklist designed to help children collect information.  For further details see websites,, and

The University of Huddersfield

The University of Huddersfield is starting to rename its key buildings to commemorate famous people with connections to the University and its locality. The £27.5m building under construction for the Law School and the School of Music, Humanisties and Media, scheduled for completion by the start of 2017, will be the Oastler Building in tribute to Richard Oastler (1789-1861). One of the principal buildings is already named after Prime Minister Harold Wilson. Other candidates for the future include Prime Minister Herbert Asquith (1852-1928) and global film star James Mason (1909-1984) son of a Huddersfield textile merchant.

Canterbury Christ Church University

Early Medieval Kent Conference
10 September, 10am-4:30pm
Old Sessions House, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury campus

A Day Conference on Kent Place Names
The Place-Names Committee of the Kent Archaeological Society biennial day conference
Saturday 12 November
Powell Lecture Theatre, Canterbury Christ Church University, courtesy of and in collaboration with the University’s Centre for Research in Kent History and Archaeology.
The day will include papers from Dr Paul Cullen on Kent Field Names and Relationship Surnames.
To receive further details of this event, please put your contact details on our mailing list. Contact Anita Thompson (Hon. Sec., Place Names Committee)
By post to Brattle Farm, Five Oak Lane, Staplehurst, Kent. TN12 0HE
(please enclose a SAE for postal replies)
or phone 01580 891222
or email

Rye: a History of a Sussex Cinque Port
Gill Draper is running a day school based on her book at
Canterbury Christ Church University on
Saturday 16 November 2016.