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PLOWDEN, Lady Bridget Horatia (1910-2000)

Identity Statement

Reference code(s): GB 0366 PL
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: PLOWDEN, Lady Bridget Horatia (1910-2000)
Date(s): 1963-1970s
Level of description: collection
Extent: 22 boxes; 1 gramophone record; 2 packets; 1 reel of film
Name of creator(s): Plowden | Bridget Horatia | 1910-2000 | wife of Baron Plowden | educational reformer
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Bridget Horatia Plowden (1910-2000) was the daughter of Admiral Sir Herbert W. Richmond, naval historian. She was educated at St. Alfred's School, Hampstead, and at Downe House School, Berkshire. She married Edwin Plowden, later Baron Plowden in 1933. She was active in many fields, including as a Director of Trust Houses Forte Ltd, 1961-1972, a member of the Inner London Education Authority Education Committee, 1967-1973, a Governor and Chairman of the BBC, 1970-1975 and Chairman of the Independent Broadcasting Authority, 1975-1980. She was involved in a wide variety of voluntary organisations, notably in the fields of primary and pre-school education. She was Chair of the Central Advisory Council for Education (England), 1963-1966. As such she also chaired its Committee of Enquiry into Primary Education whose influential report, Children and Their Primary Schools, was published in 1967.


Scope and content/abstract:

Lady Plowden's own set of the minutes, circulated papers and reports of the Committee of Enquiry into Primary Education with a few annotations, manuscript notes and items of correspondence; drafts of the final report, including 75 photographs of schools from which a selection was made for the published version; original letters and answers to a questionnaire from individual teachers; material gathered from visits to individual schools and tours abroad; colour film, Learning How to Learn. Also includes a copy of Lady Plowden's address to the 10th Annual Plowden Conference held at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln, Aug 1976.

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Collection level description available on-line at the Institute of Education website

Archival Information

Archival history:

This collection was originally part of the National Primary Education Archive at Bishop Grosseteste College Lincoln.

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Created 11/24/1999, modified 12/7/2000

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