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Staging the Past: The Ragged School Museum in London

Chris Bennion on how Victorian education is made accessible for the schoolchildren of today

In his lecture, Chris Bennion will talk about the Ragged School Museum, capturing both its history as a Victorian poor school and the history of it as a museum. The ‘ragged‘ or free schools were philanthrophic institutions, where the children of the Victorian urban poor could gain a free basic education. The museum was opened in 1990 on the premises of Dr Thomas Bernardos Copperfield Road Ragged School. The lecture will also locate the museum in the field of public history.

Staging the Past: How London‘s Ragged School Museum
makes Victorian education accessible for the schoolchildren of today


Monday, 6 December, 18:00
Großbritannien-Zentrum / Centre for British Studies
Mohrenstraße 60, 10117 Berlin, Room 105

The lecture is organized jointly with Hard Times magazine and will be preceded by a reception at 17.30.  All are welcome.

Chris Bennion is Museum Learning Assistant at the Ragged School Museum in London. After studying at the University of York and Goldsmiths College, Universitys of London Chris Bennion worked in several Theatre in Education roles, before joining the Education Team at the Ragged School Museum in 2007. There he is coordinating the education programme from children and adults, as well as running community learning programmes.


Tobias Becker
Centre for British Studies
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
Unter den Linden 6
10099 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 2093-99051