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    Adult education between the wars - the curious case of the Selborne Lecture Bureau

    Clarke, Richard (2010) Adult education between the wars - the curious case of the Selborne Lecture Bureau. History of Education 39 (5), pp. 613-629. ISSN 0046-760X.

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    ‘Independent’ lecture agencies are an important but neglected element in the history of education. Between 1918 and 1939, the Selborne Lecture Bureau was a significant national provider of adult education in Britain, both in its own right and as a supplier of lecture(r)s to Women’s Institutes and other bodies, and it pioneered the use of films in schools. For a brief period, it was an ‘educational’ vehicle for the Empire Marketing Board with a programme of over 2,400 lectures in 1929. The Bureau originated in the early 20th century split between the conservative (and male) traditions of natural history and the radical (and female) campaigning (anti) plumage movement that produced the RSPB. The inter-War history of the Selborne Lecture Bureau provides a counterpoint to conventional accounts of adult education between the two World Wars, representing an influential ‘third stream’ alongside the ‘liberal tradition’ and growing state and local authority provision.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Author’s Accepted Manuscript of an article published in History of Education May 2010, available online:
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): adult education, history, ideology, imperial, voluntary
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Richard Clarke
    Date Deposited: 15 Apr 2014 13:32
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:10


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