On 11th December 2013 the BFSS signed an historic agreement with Brunel University gifting the BFSS Archive to the University. As the BFSS Chair, Professor Steve Hodkinson, said in his speech at the signing event: “Today means much more than the gift of an archive from one organisation to another- it marks an enduring commitment from the University to safeguard the history of the BFSS as represented in its archive …”
The BFSS Archive, which comprises manuscripts, books and artefacts, is probably the most important collection in the world on 19th-century elementary education and teacher training. It was pulled together from various sources over the years and The Archives Centre was officially opened in 1980 in what was then the West London Institute of Higher Education (subsequently part of Brunel University). The Archive has been formally on loan from BFSS to Brunel University since 2004.
The gift of the Archive to the University will secure its future and has been warmly welcomed by both BFSS and the University. The Deed of Gift, which incorporates appropriate safeguards, was signed on 11th December by the Vice-Chancellor of Brunel University, Professor Julia Buckingham, and the BFSS Trustee and former Chair, Mr Roger Howarth, who was responsible for the initiative that led to the decision to gift the Archive to Brunel.
In 2012 the Archive moved to new premises at the Old School House (1 Hillingdon Hill, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB10 0AA) close to Brunel University’s Uxbridge Campus. It can be visited by appointment, see http://www.bfss.org.uk/archive/