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Richard Fothergill personal archive collection: summary

by Richard Millwood published Nov 10, 2007 01:50 PM, last modified Apr 05, 2011 09:40 PM
Richard Fothergill was the director of the UK Microelectronics Education Programme (MEP) from 1980 to 1986.

Richard Fothergill

 

"We try hard to remind ourselves, and those we talk to, that the reason we are undertaking this Programme is not just for highfliers or because education is fun; but because all children have to be able to progress in a changed environment, that which has been dubbed the 'Information Society'." Richard Fothergill, from an article outlining the scope of the Microelectronics Education Programme in 1980.

Richard, an educationalist and writer, was born March 21 1937 and died October 28 2004 in a coach crash in Jordan.

His family bequeathed his personal archive to the National Archive in 2005, after a memorial meeting held at the British Educational & Training Technology Show in January 2005 attended by many who had known him and worked alongside him.

This collection of memorabilia, and some equipment, illuminates the period from 1980 to 1986 when the application of computers in school education became widespread and an enormous flowering of creativity took place.