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Edgeworthstown, it’s place in the beginning of our primary schools

Matthew Farrell
The Edgeworth Society

Edgeworthstown takes its name from the Edgeworth family. R L Edgeworth and his famous daughter played a major role in the establishment of the primary school system as we know it today. In 1798, they published two volumes of practical education which was a system of learning for children. It was published in many European languages. R L Edgeworth sat on two commissions for education which eventually led to the Stanley Letters and the Education Act of 1839. Project organisers will tell the story from The Maria Edgeworth Centre based in an 1840 school established by the Edgeworth’s. They will use video and photography and will include original artifacts from the period in their heritage project.

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