Brian Simon, who died in 2002, was the leading and best known historian of education in the United Kingdom and his influence is still felt today. In this inaugural professorial lecture Gary McCulloch examines the nature and continuing relevance of Brian Simon's legacy to the field. He also discusses the significance of Simon's own relationship with the Institute of Education, especially with regard to the challenge set by Fred Clarke in Education and Social Change (1940) and other works. McCulloch concludes by outlining a number of ways of beginning to build on Simon's legacy to the history of education in the changing society of the twenty-first century.
Gary McCulloch is Brian Simon Professor of History of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.