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The Next Ragged University Events:

Manchester: 20th April 2015 Come along to Gulliver's to listen to two talks on Lost Avante Gardes:

Two great talks. Come along, put your feet up, and enjoy 'The British Experimental Novelists of the 1960s; A Forgotten Avant Garde' by Joseph Darlington - plus - 'The Countercultural Imperative; From Lebensreform to the Kibbo Kift (1890-1930)' by Anne Fernie

The Ragged University events are just being programmed now. Get in touch if you want to give a talk. It's just informal. Come along, all the events are free and open to anyone to attend. This is all about learning something new in a social environment, enjoying breaking bread with others and talking about ideas. Everyone is welcome to share their knowledge and skills exactly how they want to. Get in touch if you would like to know more.

Education History: A Brief History of Ragged Schools

Ragged schools is a name commonly given after about 1840 to the many independently established 19th century charity schools in the United Kingdom which provided entirely free education and, in most cases, food, clothing, lodging and other home missionary services for those too poor to pay.

Often they were established in poor working class districts of the rapidly expanding industrial towns. Lord Shaftesbury came to be the chairman of Ragged schools and championed the movement for thirty nine years.  Several different schools claim to have been the first truly free school for poor or ‘ragged’ people but free education is a tradition which spans time and culture.

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