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Special Collections & Archives

Details about the three repositories held at the University of Roehampton: the main Foyle Special Collections & Archives, the Whitelands College Archive, and the Southlands College Archive

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This is a freely available digital library of key texts the Froebel Archive for Childhood Studies.

Closely linked with the history of the Froebel College, the Froebel Trust promotes the value and relevance of Froebelian principles to the education and learning of children in the 21st century. Their website includes publications supporting Froebelian principals and practice.

As an organisation of educators, university-based researchers, and early years providers, the IFS provides an international forum for the development of child-centred and play-based educational theories and practices, especially but not exclusively those associated with the inventor of the Kindergarten, Friedrich Froebel.

The National Froebel Network in the UK follows a long tradition dating back to the formation of the Froebel Society in 1874. The Froebel Network continues as the national association for all those involved in Froebelian Education in the UK.

The Edinburgh Froebel Network was set up in 2009 by a group of five Edinburgh Nursery Heads, in order to promote the Froebelian Approach in Edinburgh. It has been recognised nationally as an example of excellent professional learning and the University of Edinburgh.

The Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood intends to create an Irish Froebel Network in the academic year 2020/2021 in order to promote the Froebelian practice in Ireland.

Set in Froebel’s hometown, the museum brings the beginnings of what is nowadays commonly referred to as “Kindergarten” to life and where he began to carry out his programme designed for the education and upbringing of young children.

The British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) is a grant giving organisation and offers funding for education projects in the UK and around the world. The BFSS was founded in 1808 by Christian social reformers to carry on the work of Joseph Lancaster, a pioneer of school and teacher education.

The archives of Brunel University London and its predecessor colleges Maria Grey College, Shoreditch College, the West London Institute of Higher Education, and those of the British and Foreign Schools Society (BFSS) date from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present day. They are of local, national and international importance to the history of education and teacher training.

The Institute of Education holds collections of archive materials ranging from 1797 to the present day and they provide a rich resource for the history of education and educationists.

The Leverhulme-funded UCL Bloomsbury Project was established to investigate 19th-century Bloomsbury’s development from swampy rubbish-dump to centre of intellectual life. Led by Professor Rosemary Ashton, the Project has traced the origins, Bloomsbury locations, and reforming significance of hundreds of progressive and innovative institutions.

A virtual archive of children’s homes 1881 – 1981 with a focus on 1881 – 1918. Hidden Lives Revealed includes unique archive material about poor and disadvantaged children cared for by The Waifs and Strays' Society across England and Wales and is a unique resource for anyone interested in British social history.

Established in 1995, infed is an open, independent and not-for-profit resource by Developing Learning, the Practice Development Research Unit, the YMCA George Williams College and others. The aim is to provide a space for people to explore education, learning and change – and in particular the theory and practice of informal education, pedagogy, community learning and development, specialist education, and lifelong learning.

Ochanomizu University was founded in 1875 as the Tokyo Women’s Normal School and in 1876 the first kindergarten in Japan was established there. The kindergarten adapted Froebelian theory. Ever since its foundation, Ochanomizu University has been a leading centre for women’s higher education and has an outstanding reputation for research and teaching on the education of young children. In this, Ochanomizu University Digital Archives would like to acknowledge the support of The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation. Without the support of The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation this project would not have been possible.

The Pestalozzi-Fröbel-Haus (PFH) is a foundation for public affairs in Berlin which brings together training institutions for educators as well as facilities for children and young adults. Their aim is to provide all individuals with the best conditions for learning.

The Ebeneser Foundation represents the history of early childhood education and early childhood teacher education in Finland. The purpose of the foundation is to support early childhood education and parenting and to nurture the cultural-historical significance of kindergarten work. In order to achieve its purpose, the Foundation supports and promotes research and education in early childhood education and participates in general educational activities. The foundation maintains the Kindergarten Museum and Archive.

An online resource about Friedrich Froebel, creator of Kindergarten and designer of Froebel play gifts.

The Froebel Gallery promotes education, children’s rights the arts and humanities.

Sina Spielzeug is an online shop situated in Thuringia, the home of Froebel. It sells educational toys including Froebel Gifts and Occupations.


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