Education 1860-1914 Workshop

In this workshop, discover how English education was transformed between about 1860 and the start of the First World War. 

After 1870, schools run by local elected boards (Board Schools) supplemented those founded by religious bodies. In turn, in 1902 schools became council schools administered by local education authorities. Throughout the period, teacher training was improved, the school syllabus developed and pupil numbers increased until, in the 1890s, compulsory free schooling was provided for most children.

The result enabled many of our ancestors to seek new and more varied employment opportunities that their forefathers could only have dreamed of. 

Tickets cost £10 (members £9). Pre-booking is required because full joining instructions will be emailed in advance. Bookings close one day before the event.

To be able to join in this workshop, you will need a computer device from which you can access your emails. This device needs to have speakers and also ideally a microphone and webcam.  First-time users of Zoom, will be asked to download a small piece of software. This will be sent to you in advance. Technical help is available for those who need further assistance, please contact  

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Non-members £10

For non-members of Berkshire Family History Society

Available Tickets: 3
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Members £9

For members of Berkshire Family History Society

Available Tickets: 3
The Members ticket is sold out. You can try another ticket or another date.


  • Joan Dils
    Joan Dils

    Joan Dils is an experienced local historian and writer specialising in 16th and 17th century Berkshire. Her books include: the first and second editions of “An Historical Atlas of Berkshire”, the latter edited in conjunction with Margaret Yates, and Reading St Laurence Churchwardens’ Accounts, 1498-1570: Parts I and II, (Berkshire Record Series). Her latest, “History of Reading”, was published in October 2019.

    Joan is president of the Berkshire Local History Association and also the History of Reading Society, and an Honorary Visiting Fellow in History at the University of Reading. She taught history and local history for the former School of Continuing Education at Reading and Oxford Universities where she was a part-time lecturer.

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