Edited by Pamela Horn
Village education in nineteenth-century Oxfordshire, incorporating the Whitchurch school log book 1868-93
This most interesting volume gives a vivid account of the development of rural education in Oxfordshire, based on visitation returns and Parliamentary reports, as well as a full transcript of Whitchurch school log book, and extracts from the school accounts for the years 1829, 1838, 1853, 1868 and 1873. It is possible to become involved in the day to day running of this school, to recognize the problem families, sympathise with the conditions under which untrained and inexperienced teachers tried to work, appreciate the looming importance of the yearly examinations for both staff and pupils, and be moved by the ever present threat of sickness and death. The four head-teachers who kept this log succeed in conveying all this to the modern reader. This is a most valuable book for all those who are interested in nineteenth-century elementary education.