The Education and Employment of Girls in Luton, 1874-1924
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280 Pages

23.4 x 15.6 cm

27 b/w. 6 line.

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 84

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society

The Education and Employment of Girls in Luton, 1874-1924

Widening Opportunities and Lost Freedoms

by Anne Allsopp

Edited by M. G. Deacon

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Based on the author's PhD thesis, examines the education of Luton girls and the relationship with employment opportunities
This book, based on the author's PhD thesis, examines the education of Luton girls and the relationship with employment opportunities. The acknowledged independence of spirit to be found in Luton was especially noticeable among its female population who enjoyed considerable economic power within the traditional hat-making industry.
In spite of this, there is evidence to show that girls' education was biased towards their roles as wives and mothers. However, by the early twentieth century, the effects of compulsory education and the introduction of new industries into the town meant that their status and expectations had changed.
Sunday schooling was important to children from the labouring classes and the contribution of these schools has been assessed. Specific themes include half-time schooling and the granting of labour certificates which allowed children to leave school before the statutory age.
The contribution of the home and independent organisations, the training of teachers, the character of rural schools and the introduction of technical and secondary education have also been considered. While emphasis is on the education of girls from the lower social classes, the middle classes have not been ignored.

Dr Anne Allsopp was born in Luton and attended Luton High School for Girls. She taught in local schools before gaining an MA and PhD at the London Institute of Education. She has published a history of Luton and an account of Luton High School and the Technical School. Her particular historical interest is the lives of ordinary people.

Martin Deacon joined Bedfordshire County Council as a records management assistant in 1990, qualifying as an archivist in 1994. He joined Buckinghamshire Archives on a temporary contract in 2018 cataloguing the Buckinghamshire Archaeological Society collection.

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September 2005

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Title Details

280 Pages

2.34 x 1.56 cm

27 b/w. 6 line.

Series: Publications Bedfordshire Hist Rec Soc

Series Vol. Number: 84

Imprint: Bedfordshire Historical Record Society