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International Centre for Historical Research in Education


International Centre for Historical Research in Education (ICHRE) at the UCL Institute of Education (IOE) is a leading centre for historical research into education


Executive committee

Professor Gary McCulloch is the Director of ICHRE. He is the inaugural Brian Simon Professor of History of Education. His recent publications include Historical Research in Educational Settings (with William Richardson, 2000), Documentary Research in Education, History and the Social Sciences (2004), Cyril Norwood and the Ideal of Secondary Education (2007), The Struggle for the History of Education (2011), and Secondary Education and the Raising of the School-Leaving Age: Coming of Age? (with Tom Woodin and Steven Cowan, 2013). He is a past Editor of the Journal History of Education and current Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies. He is currently President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) and previous President of the UK History of Education Society.

Dr Georgina Brewis is Associate Professor in the History of Education. She is a historian of voluntary action, youth and education in modern Britain. Publications include Transformational Moments in Social Welfare: What Role for Voluntary Action (Policy Press, forthcoming); Humanitarianism in the Modern World: The Moral Economy of Famine Relief(CUP, 2020); The World of UCL (UCL Press, 2018); A Social History of Student Volunteering: Britain and Beyond, 1880-1980 (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014) and English Teachers in a Postwar Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2014). Georgina is Director of an ongoing British Academy Research Project (ARP) on voluntary sector archives ‘Archiving the Mixed Economy of Welfare in Britain and is Co-Investigator on an ESRC-funded project Discourses of Voluntary Action. Georgina teaches on the BA Education Studies and BA History and welcomes applications from postgraduate students interested in researching modern Britain and the wider world, particularly students and higher education, youth movements, volunteering and the voluntary sector.

Dr Vincent Carpentier is Reader in History of Education. He is an Associate Editor of the London Review of Education. His comparative research on the historical relationship between educational systems, economic cycles and social change is located at the interface of history of education and political economy. His current research explores the long-term connections and tensions between funding, equity and quality in higher education at both national and global levels. His publications include Système éducatif et performances économiques au Royaume-Uni: 19ème et 20ème siècles (L’Harmattan, 2001) and Global Inequalities and Higher Education, Whose Interests Are We Serving? (Palgrave MacMillan, 2010 – co-edited with Elaine Unterhalter) and articles in various academic journals. Vincent participates in several research projects of the ESRC/HEFCE Centre for Global Higher education (CEGHE) including “Higher Education Participation and Macro-Economic Fluctuations: An historical and comparative study”.

Dr Mark Freeman is Reader in Education and Social History. He has published widely on modern British social, educational and business history, and has particular interests in adult education, informal education and youth movements. He is a co-investigator on a large and ongoing AHRC-funded project, ‘The Redress of the Past: Historical Pageants in Britain 1905-2016’. Mark has written articles in the English Historical Review, History Workshop Journal, Historical Research and the Economic History Review, among many other journals. He has a long-standing interest in rural and community history, modern British Quakerism, and educational settlements and centres. With other colleagues from the ‘Redress of the Past’ project, he is co-editor of Restaging the Past: Historical Pageants, Culture and Society in Twentieth-Century Britain, which will be published fully open-access by UCL Press in 2020. Other project publications include Mark’s book The Pageants of St Albans: An Illustrated History, and the fully open-access Historical Pageants Local History Study Guide, both published by Regents Court Press. Mark is also – with Heather Ellis (University of Sheffield) and Stephanie Olsen (Tampere University) – co-editor of the journal History of Education.

Dr Tom Woodin is Reader in Education at UCL Institute of Education. He is the author of Working-class Writing and Publishing in the Late Twentieth Century (MUP, 2018). He led an ESRC funded project on the history of the school leaving age which resulted in a book, with Gary McCulloch and Steve Cowan, Secondary Education and the Raising of the School Leaving Age – Coming of Age? (Palgrave Macmillan 2013). He has edited Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values (Routledge 2014). He led a project for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation which resulted in Community and Mutual Ownership – a Historical Review. His other research interests include the history of education, the co-operative movement, the life and work of Brian Simon, and the social history of learning in relation to social movements.