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 Post subject: Educational Style at the CS
PostPosted: 28 Mar 2014, 17:02 
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I think this may belong in another thread but I can't find it.

I have recently been reading M. V. Hughes' biographical trilogy "A London Life, 1870 - 1900". ( I can really recommend this as A Good Read. Who says Victorian children had a dull life?)

The second book, "A London Girl of the Eighties", is mostly concerned with her education at the North London Collegiate, presided over by the famous Miss Buss. Many of Miss Buss's minor rules for the younger girls seemed a bit odd (as we know, she was not alone in this!) but some of her ideas regarding the education of girls/women are recognisable to EBD's readers. The role of, and attitude to, prefects, for example, is pure CS.

I'm not saying that EBD pinched from Mrs Hughes' book as this part of the trilogy was published in 1936 well after EBD had got into her stride but she would have known of the school (which still exists). The N.L.C. is generally recognised as the first girls' school in the United Kingdom to offer girls the same educational opportunities as boys. Miss Buss, who was a pioneer in girls' education, was the first person to use the term 'Headmistress' and she has been named as one of the ten greatest women of all time.


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 Post subject: Re: Educational Style at the CS
PostPosted: 30 Mar 2014, 10:38 
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I love these books by Molly Hughes - she wrote a fourth, A London Family Between the Wars continuing her story, but yes, these three go more closely together. My real favourite is the third one one, A London Home in the 1890s, when she trains as a teacher herself, and travels quite a bit, including going to Switzerland and Guernsey, just to keep up the EMBD links. Time for a re-read, I think!


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