BFSS Chair launches celebration of 140 years of teacher training in Swansea

On 20th September 2012 Roger Howarth, Chair of the British & Foreign School Society, launched the official celebration of 140 years of teacher training in Swansea and opened an archive exhibition at Swansea Metropolitan University.  The event celebrated 140 years since the BFSS grant giving organisation opened a Teacher Training College in Swansea.

Roger Howarth, Chair of the BFSS, and Professor David Warner, then Vice-Chancellor of Swansea Metropolitan University

Possible locations for what was a new college had been extensive, including Shrewsbury, Brecon and Aberystwyth but documents from the time reveal Swansea was chosen as it “appeared to be a suitable place” and was “possessing a moral and political atmosphere in which [the college] was likely to thrive”.   The College was transferred to the LEA in 1913.   For a photograph of staff and students circa 1911-12 click here

Professor David Warner, Vice-Chancellor of Swansea Metropolitan University, said: “We are proud of our history and achievements in teacher education. Despite the significant reconfiguration between us and the University of Wales: Trinity Saint David, teacher education will remain at the heart of the transformed University.”