Dr John Hardcastle is the Project Director of the Social Change and English 1945-1965 project. He lectures in English at the Institute of Education. Previously, he taught in a London secondary school. He has written about urban classrooms, culture, and diversity as well as sociocultural theory. Vygotsky’s picture of mind has been a particular focus.

Dr Peter Medway is a Research Fellow at King’s College London. His research activity has spanned a number of fields: English as a school subject; language and learning; language in practical activity; education and practice in design disciplines (specifically architecture); rhetoric and written composition; the arts in education; semiotics; language and other modes of representation and communication.

Dr Georgina Brewis is a Research Officer for Social Change and English 1945-1965 based at the Institute of Education. Her research interests lie in the areas of education, youth and voluntary action. Her PhD thesis, completed in 2009, explored how the imperial experience shaped patterns of charitable giving and voluntary service in Britain and India before 1914, with a focus on young people’s social service and education.  She is the Publicity Secretary of the Voluntary Action History Society and a member of the planning group for ‘Education, War and Peace’, a major international conference to be held in London in 2014.  

Dr David Crook is Reader in Education at Brunel University, having previously worked for 16 years at the Institute of Education and, before that, as a comprehensive school teacher. He has published widely in the field of history of education and is presently co-editor of History of Education.

Professor Richard Andrews is Professor in English at the Instite of Education. His research interests lie in the fields of language education, argumentation, writing development, multimodality, rhetoric and e-learning. He helped design the MA in English Education and has supported the MA in World Englishes.

Patrick Kingwell is a Research Associate on the Social Change and English 1945-1965 project. Patrick, a former pupil at Walworth School (1961-1968), was a local government officer in London and is now a local historian who works with schools, a volunteer project manager and fundraiser for community groups and charities and a consultant with local authorities on sports and environmental projects.