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NUNN, Sir Percy Nunn

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Reference code(s): GB 0366 IE/TPN
Held at: Institute of Education
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Full title: NUNN, Sir Percy Nunn
Date(s): 1923-1936
Level of description: subfonds
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Extent: 4 boxes
Name of creator(s): Nunn | Sir | Thomas Percy | 1870-1944 | Knight | educationist
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Administrative/Biographical history:

Thomas Percy Nunn was born in Bristol in 1870, the son of a schoolmaster. He was educated and taught in his father's school. In 1903 he joined the staff of the London Day Training College where he taught mathematics and science and supervised the arrangements for teaching practice. In 1905 he was appointed Vice-Principal and was Principal of the College, 1922-1932, and Director of the Institute of Education, University of London, 1932-1936. He became a University Professor of Education in 1913, and was knighted in 1930. Nunn sat on the Board of Education's Consultative Committee, was an influential witness to the Hadow Committee, served on the Labour Party's advisory committee on education, and was a member of the Child Guidance Council. His academic interests were broad, encompassing science, mathematics, philosophy and psychology. Nunn was involved in a wide range of organisations, including the Aristotelian Society, the British Association, the British Psychological Society, the Mathematical Association and the Training College Association. His publications included The Aims and Achievements of Scientific Method: An Epistomological Essay (1907) and Relativity and Gravitation (1923), but it is for Education: Its Data and First Principles (1920) that he became most famous. Nunn died in Madeira in December 1944.


Scope and content/abstract:

Files of Sir Thomas Percy Nunn, Director of the Institute of Education, 1923-1936, including general files containing correspondence with University Departments of Education, and material concerning general policy and administration, 1926-1936; correspondence with the Board of Education, 1925-1930; correspondence with London County Council, 1923-1932; correspondence with the University of London, 1930-1936; correspondence, course files and examination papers concerning a scheme for the training of teachers of art, 1923-1931; correspondence and papers regarding the Board of Education Consultative Committee of London Colleges and Secondary Schools, 1925-1932; correspondence regarding colonial education, the Advisory Committee on Education in the Colonies, the establishment and administration of a course at the LDTC, the Oversea Department and the Colonial Department, 1926-1935; correspondence, minutes and circulated papers, reports, presscuttings, drafts of published and unpublished papers, memoranda and discussion documents relating to the International Institute Examinations Enquiry for England, 1929-1936.

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For further correspondence of Percy Nunn relating to the transfer of the Institute from the London County Council to the University of London, see IE/RGO/A.

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Created 10/27/1999, modified 11/28/2000

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