Tickets are now on sale for the next in Rushen Heritage Trust’s season of talks – 150 Years of ‘Education for All’, by Professor Angela W. Little.
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the landmark 1872 Isle of Man Act for Public Elementary Education, which introduced compulsory education, eight years ahead of England and Wales, transferring control of education from the Church to the State.
It paved the way for improvements in the quantity and quality of teachers, the abolition of school fees, and the extension of an independent system of education.
But how and why did this Act come about? Who resisted and who supported it? In her illustrated talk, Professor Little will explore these questions and more in relation to the Island as a whole, but with special reference to the Parish of Rushen.
The talk is at the Erin Arts Centre on Monday, March 7th, starting at 7.30pm.
Professor Little is Professor Emerita at UCL Institute of Education, a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and a past President of the British Association of International and Comparative Education. She was educated at Rushen Primary School and Castle Rushen High School and wrote the chapter on education in Rushen Heritage Trust’s 2019 book, Living with the Sea, which tells the story of how Port St Mary developed between 1829-1979.
Tickets for Professor Little’s talk cost £5 (£4 for Friends of Rushen Heritage Trust) and are available from the Erin Arts Centre – – or Erin News and Bridge Bookshop in Port Erin.
Erin Arts Centre is encouraging visitors to wear face masks if they wish and to use the hand sanitiser provided. On the day of the talk, we would also recommend doing a lateral flow test before attending.
The next talks in our season:
• April 11 – Peter Kelly: Wish You Were Here! A Postcard Tour of the Isle of Man
• May 16 – Allison Fox: Around the South in 30 Objects (this is rescheduled from January)
For more details, contact RHT Coordinator John Quirk at or on 464634.