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David Hylton Thomas
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.
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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 This archive contains his research notes, drafts of an unpublished book entitled 'Children from the Streets and Slums: the Home Office Schools of England, Scotland and Wales, 1854-1933', a copy of a published list of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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|Usage||Themes||Geographic area covered||Size of collection||Dates|
England and Wales
About 100 schools are referred to.
|1854 -- 1933|