By Ian Dipple Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 10:39
THE HISTORY of Alcester’s 19th century national schools has been revealed in a new book.
Karyl Rees, a volunteer at Alcester Heritage Network, has penned the volume as a result of her work transcribing Alcester National Schools’ records for Alcester’s Community Archive project.
The book offers a rare glimpse into the lives of the people of the town and its surroundings and how education changes between 1871 and 1903.
Many of the issues faced then - such as changes in teaching methods, manipulation of the school day, the introduction of new exams and criticisms of teachers and pupils - are familiar issues still faced today.
Karyl said: “As I went through the documents, I started to make notes of interesting facts and names, thinking of putting together an article, possibly for publication in the History Society’s ‘Local Past’ magazine, but there was so much information that it developed into a 90-page illustrated book.”
Karyl will be signing copies of the book, priced £8.95, at Alcester Town Hall on Sunday (September 15) as part of Heritage Open Day.
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