In memory of Professor Richard Aldrich, BFSS’s last Vice-President, who died in September 2014, BFSS is pleased to publish a lecture he gave in May 1998 on Joseph Lancaster and Improvements in Education. The lecture was given as part of the Lancasterian Bicentenary Celebrations and is a celebration of the work of Joseph Lancaster and the educational improvements which he began.
Joseph Lancaster contributed the inspiration and the example which led to the work of the Royal Lancasterian Society, founded in 1808, which in 1814 became the British and Foreign School Society. Professor Aldrich’s lecture traces the contribution of Joseph Lancaster to educational developments not only in this country but internationally too. As Professor Aldrich points out, Lancaster’s approach made it possible for Lancasterian schools and methods to spread, literally, throughout the world. In our grant giving BFSS seeks to convey the sense of purpose and improvement which Lancaster began.