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Cambridge Institute of Education records, 1927 - 1996

Reference Code: GBR/0265/UA/EDUC 37

Scope and Contents

From the Fonds:

The archives document the full range of operations of i) the Day Training College, and its subsequent incarnations as Training College for School Masters, Department, Faculty and School of Education and ii) the Cambridge Institute of Education. They include records of the teaching and examining process in Cambridge and at establishments across the country; internal and external oversight and funding; student and staff records; buildings records, photographs and extensive bodies of administrative correspondence.


  • 1927 - 1996


Conditions Governing Access

Within the archives of the Departtment of Education, predecessor, successor and allied bodies, personal records are closed to scholars for 80 years from the date of creation under data protection legislation. Restrictions are clearly indicated in catalogue entries.

Biographical / Historical

The Institute was inaugurated in 1949, as a result of the McNair Committee Report to government, published 1944, which suggested changes to teacher training. By 1949, there were already 13 such institutes in existence, some integral parts of universities, others simply closely linked. The Cambridge institute followed the latter model; scrutinising and approving courses of study and setting examinations for each of its constituent teacher training institutions in Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Huntingdonshire, Isle of Ely, Norfolk and Suffolk. It also organised courses of lectures for the continuing education of working teachers. In 1992, it was incorporated into the University. Its original accommodation was at 2 Brookside, and, from 1955, also at 8 Brookside. In 1964, it moved into new premises on Shaftesbury Road. In 2004, it relocated to the new School of Education building on a site next to Homerton College, Hills Road.


4.5 linear metre(s) (4.5 metres) : paper

Language of Materials


Date information

DateText: bulk 1949-96.


Cambridge Institute of Education

Finding aid date

2006-03-24 11:55:29+00:00

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

Cambridge University Library
West Road
Cambridge CB3 9DR United Kingdom

The UK Archival Thesaurus has been integrated with our catalogue, thanks to Kings College London and the AIM25 project for their support with this.