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Letters from boys in Borstal centres

Correspondence from boys who Lady Plowden had visited as part of evidence gathering visits for the final report. Many boys continued to correspond with Lady Plowden for several years after the visits.

A borstal was a type of youth detention centre in the United Kingdom 1908 - 1932. The Criminal Justice Act 1982 abolished the borstal system in the UK, introducing youth custody centres instead.

This file is closed in line with the requirements of the UK's Data Protection Act, but redacted copies of some original documents may be available to researchers on request.

Reference File: Reports Published by External Organisations

A collection of reports published by external organisations. This collection is assumed to have been accumulated by Lady Plowden to inform her work with the Council - the collection was found with Lady Plowden's Council files and deal with related issues.

Note, although these publications relate specifically to Lady Plowden’s work with the Council , Lady Plowden also held an extensive library of reports and publications which covered the range of her personal and professional interests. A complete list of reports and publications held by Lady Plowden can be viewed at: INSERT LINK


A box of Lady Plowden's notebooks. Some dated 1963 - 1967, and others assumed to be from this period.

Report Release

Drafts of speech and and publications relating to the release of the Report of the Central Advisory Council For Education (England) into Primary education in England, 'Children and their Primary Schools' (known as the 'Plowden Report').

School Visit File

Mainly relates to school visits 1968 - 1969, but also contains items of correspondence with children from the schools, invitations to prize days etc.

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