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Next Ragged University Event:

Edinburgh 26th January: Come along to Cabaret Voltaire at 6.30pm for a talk, a bite to eat and a masterclass on the Myths of Attraction by Mairi Macleod...

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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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The Root of Expertise by Alex Dunedin

Here is the address at the beginning of the Ragged year in Edinburgh where I deal with the issue of expertise and how we are all a part of it.  It recaps the project and what it’s ambitions are and set the scene for the first two talks of the Ragged University year…

Welcome to the beginning of the Edinburgh Ragged University year. There will be a break between the two talks when we can eat, refresh our glasses and get to know who is in the room.  This room is a space private to you, and like any personal space, it is not monitored with forms, questionnaires or number counting.  It is a space sacred to getting to know other people on your own terms and learning something new.

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