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Darlington England

Subject Source: Local sources

Found in 5 Collections and/or Records:

Correspondence between Sir James Duff and Hector regarding Duff's editing and the publication of The Education of an Englishman, 1964-1968

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/27/2
Scope and Contents

The correspondence regards matters such as Thomson's interest in Greek and ancient history; the ease with which he made friends with strangers, with some anecdotes from Hector; his patriotism; his reasons for leaving the autobiography unfinished and the origination of the manuscript; and the failing health of Lady Thomson.

Dates: 1964-1968

Darlington, 25 Nov 1930

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/17
Scope and Contents Thomson discusses the limitations of intelligence testing, and its positive qualities, citing its objectivity and scientific basis. He outlines the processes involved in trialling the tests to establish their suitability and reliability, describing how the final order and content of the paper is decided; the difficulties involved in obtaining a representative sample of children; the need to incentivise children to do their best in the trial test, and the process of standardisation...
Dates: 25 Nov 1930

Letter to Hector Thomson from Sir James Duff's sister, Hester, regarding Duff's death and his friendship with Thomson, 5 May 1970

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/28
Scope and Contents From the Series:

Includes letters to and about Thomson regarding his life, work, and career from a variety of correspondents including Karl Pearson, Egon Pearson, Edward Lee Thorndike, Sir James Duff, Carlos Paton Blacker, David Glass, and Derrick Lawley.

Dates: 5 May 1970

Letters from Sir James Duff to Thomson and Lady Thomson, 1955-1969

Identifier: Coll-1310/1/1/25
Scope and Contents

Includes letters to Thomson and Lady Thomson regarding Thomson's illness; letter to Lady Thomson following Thomson's death; and a letter to Lady Thomson regarding Thomson's autobiography, The Education of an Englishman, in which Duff states how pleased he is that she enjoyed it.

The letters express Duff's admiration of Thomson, and the closeness of their friendship.

Dates: 1955-1969

The Food of the Gods, 27 November 1925

Identifier: Coll-1310/3/1/2/3
Scope and Contents Thomson begins by emphasising the vital role that school education plays in civilised society. He takes the title of his talk from the H G Wells novel, to which he makes reference. The food of the gods he alludes to is both science and art, and he stresses the importance of both to a balanced civilisation where the two are united by the mastery of language.Thomson praises the school for the opportunities it provides for its pupils and the benefits in...
Dates: 27 November 1925