Catholics and Schools after the 1918 Education Act

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Date / time: 27 October, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Lecture Theatre 213, St Andrews Building, University of Glasgow

Catholics and Schools after the 1918 Education Act

We are delighted to welcome you to an afternoon symposium on the 100th anniversary year of the 1918 Education Act.

The symposium is organised in collaboration with the Scottish Catholic Historical Association, Glasgow Newman Association and the St Andrews Foundation for Catholic Teacher Education. We have four speakers lined up: Robert Davis (University of Glasgow), Diane Watters (Historic Environment Scotland), Stephen McKinney (The University of Glasgow) and Lindsay Paterson (The University of Edinburgh). Sir Tom Devine has kindly agreed to convene.

Coffee, tea and biscuits will be provided mid-afternoon.Tickets are available at

We would especially like to encourage postgraduate students to attend and offer a limited number of bursaries towards the cost of travel. Please email if you would like to apply for one of these.We look forward to seeing you there!

Provisional programme:

  • (12-12:15 Arrival of delegates)
  • 12:15 Introduction and welcome
  • 12:30-13:05 Bob Davis – “The 1918 Education (Scotland) Act and the European Crisis: Church, State & Society”
  • 13:10-13:45 Diane Watters – “Tradition and Modernity: Catholic School Architecture After 1918”
  • 13:50-14:25 Stephen McKinney – “The Church of Scotland response to the Education (Scotland) Act, 1918”
  • 14:30-15:15 Coffee break
  • 15:15-15:50 Lindsay Paterson – “Integration or assimilation: the liberal effects of a Liberal Act”
  • 15:55-16:45 Panel discussion and Q&A, led by Sir Tom Devine
  • 16:50 Closing remarks