BFSS is delighted that the Hitchin British Schools Trust has received a grant of £89,200 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for an exciting project “Changing learning, changing lives” at the British Schools Museum in Hitchin. This 3-year project is designed to develop and enhance the Museum’s popular schools education programme and make its heritage more accessible and engaging to a wider range of audiences.
The British Schools Museum is located in an historic group of Victorian and Edwardian school buildings at Hitchin. The buildings include the unique Monitorial Schoolroom, built in 1837, the only one of its kind left in the world. It enabled one master to teach 300 boys with the aid of 30 monitors by the Lancasterian method (which takes its name from Joseph Lancaster, social reformer and founder of the BFSS). The boys sat facing the master on benches at narrow desks and were taught by the monitors at semi-circular ‘teaching stations’ around the walls.
The British Schools Museum welcomes visitors. In 2014 it will be open from 18th February to 25th November, see http://www.britishschoolsmuseum.co.uk/visiting