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David Hylton Thomas

Institute of Education


Information about 'industrial' or 'reformatory' schools. This archive is particularly interesting as most, if not all, of these schools have now been closed, and therefore this may be the only remaining source of information about particular schools.

Detailed usage description

D. H. Thomas conducted thorough research into industrial and reformatory schools after his retirement in 1975. This archive contains his research notes, drafts of an unpublished book entitled 'Children from the Streets and Slums: the Home Office Schools of England, Scotland and Wales, 1854-1933', a copy of a published list of industrial and reformatory schools which has been annotated and corrected by Thomas, and several notes from interviews with pupils and teachers in industrial schools.

This may be a particularly valuable local history resource as all of the schools are now closed, and this may be the only remaining resource to give detailed contextualising information about many of these schools. It also gives a rare insight into the inner city underclasses.

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Access arrangements

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More Information

A full collection level description of the archive (IoE ref: DC/AMA) is available on the AIM25 site and the institute's own website.

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Abstracting information

Usage Themes Geographic area covered Size of collection Dates
  • Local history
  • Educational history
  • Contextualising information

England and Wales

About 100 schools are referred to.

1854 -- 1933


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