Education Department and Board of Education: General Education, General Files

ED 10
Education Department and Board of Education: General Education, General Files

General files of the Education Department and Board of Education concerning the administration of the Education Acts embracing educational matters common to, or not peculiar to, elementary or secondary education.

Files preceding the current (1954) series (in which the subject headings are keyed to a registration of consecutive numbers, i.e. G. 401 onwards) were known as the 'Unnumbered' series. A number of the files contain indexes.

The 'Numbered' (current) series commenced in 1921 and absorbed papers of an earlier period wherever a comparable subject appeared under the provisions of the 1921 Act. They contain, inter alia, papers defining the internal arrangements of the board's administration; the board's relation to, and co-operation with, local government; drafting of schemes relating to educational charities and of various regulations and other parliamentary documents; the board's spheres of function regarding educational matters also within the purview of other government departments; financial matters; the formation and growth of certain educational and semi-educational bodies; and the effect of non-educational legislation upon the work of the board.

The files also record the effect of the second world war upon educational buildings (air raid precautions, requisition of premises, structural damage); upon personnel (evacuation, national service of teachers and other local education authority staff, refugees); upon supplies (clothes rationing, allocation of equipment, control of building labour and materials); and upon legislation ( Defence (General) Regulations and other emergency provisions).

They also contain a history of education in wartime, including that of cultural organisations such as the Council for the Encouragement of Music and the Arts, and proposals for postwar reconstruction of the education system.


Both the unnumbered and numbered series are arranged by alphabetical subject titles

Related Material:
See also Records of the Accountant General's Department and Finance Branch:
For further Welsh files see ED 91
The series is continued in ED 147
Separated Material:
Both the unnumbered and numbered series suffered much destruction.
Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Board of Education, 1899-1944
Education Department, 1856-1899
Science and Art Department, 1856-1899
Physical description:
320 file(s)

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