D426 Education 


Following Moore and Bird the history of elementary education on the Island can be split into the following phases

What would now be called secondary education developed along similar lines:

Tertiary education however progressed little beyond Earl James' dream of setting up a University on the Island; however Bishop Barrow also institued the Academic Students who were students trained for the ministry as part of the Academic School at Castletown. Bishop Wilson later instituted a more rigorous theological education and in the 1880's a Theological College was briefly established though later merged with that at the University of Durham.

Online Pages:

R.B. Moore History of Education in the Isle of Man in Education Week 1926

E.C. Owen A Hundred Years of Education 1930

IoM Charities 1831 lists all Parish Schools, their endowments and their teachers of the time.

H Syndd-Kinnersley Some Passages in the Life of one of HM Inspectors of Schools London 1907 (Chap 19 deals with Man)

(some Individual schools under History/Education)

Offline References:


Hinton Bird The Island that led - The History of Manx Education 2 vols (self published Port St Mary - ISBN 0-9516918-05 + 0-9516918-1-3) [nd but 1993 + 1995] - an obviously well researched (+ detailed study) marred mainly by poorly reproduced illustrations, at times a rather opaque chapter structure not aided by the simple layout and a frustratingly poor index (especially to vol 1 - that to vol 2 is better).

R.E.C. Foster The Pioneering Schools of Peel Proc IoMNHAS IX #3 p269 et seq. 1990.


G. Sutherland Elementary Education in the Nineteenth Century (Booklet G76) London: Historical Association 1971

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