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Papers of Robert Birley, Head Master 1949 - 1964



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Educated at Rugby School and Balliol College, Oxford, Robert Birley (1903-1982) taught at Eton from 1926-1935, when he was appointed Head Master of Charterhouse. From 1947-1949, he served as Education Advisor to the Military Governor of occupied Germany, with a major role in the programmes of de-Nazification. A great bibliophile, he worked extensively in College Library during his period as Head Master, producing a short history and many notes still used today. On leaving Eton, he became visiting Professor of Education at the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, where both he and his wife were strong supporters of the opponents of apartheid. In 1967 he returned to England as Professor and Head of the Department of Social Sciences at City University in London, where he remained until his retirement in 1971. He was made a KCMG in 1967.


1950 - 1964

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SCH/M/PH : 3 important letters to Peter Hazell on proposals for substituting A levels for the July Examination, 1955 Ms. 432

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Dictionary of National Biography Arthur Hearnden: Red Robert (Hamish Hamilton, 1984)

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