Laura Carter, LARCA, Université de Paris – CNRS: “The educational century: gender, social change, and schooling in Britain, 1918-2000.”

Posted on October 19, 2020

19 October 2020 - 17 h 30 min - 18 h 30 min

Zoom Webinar (Histoire du politique)

This paper will introduce the core themes of my research over the past several years: education, gender, and social change in twentieth-century Britain. Firstly, I will discuss my PhD thesis and first book project on the production and consumption of popular social history in Britain between the end of the First World War and the 1970s.

The book, Histories of Everyday Life: The Making of Popular Social History in Britain, 1918-1979, explores the ways in which ordinary people learnt about the past in twentieth-century Britain, through books and images, on the radio, in schools, and in museums. It argues that in order to understand the dissemination of popular history in this period we must first reconceptualise the twentieth century as Britain’s educational century, seeing that pedagogical assumptions about what kinds of knowledges were available to whom spread far beyond the formal school classroom.

Secondly, I’ll provide some snapshots of my postdoctoral project, which was conducted as part of a research team at the University of Cambridge on the project ‘Secondary education and social change in the United Kingdom since 1945’ ( ). 

I will discuss the impact of access to universal, secondary education on the lives of working-class girls and women in the post-1945 period, and what sources we might use to understand gendered experiences of everyday school life in the second half of the twentieth century.


Laura Carter, LARCA, Université de Paris – CNRS: “The educational century: gender, social change, and schooling in Britain, 1918-2000.”


Moderated by Ariane Mak


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