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Conference & Common Room magazine turns 50 May 21, 2013

Posted by Jonathan Barnes, editor in Independent Education, John Catt Educational news, Magazines.
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The new issue of Conference & Common Room (C&CR) brings up a landmark anniversary for the magazine.

C&CR (then titled Conference) was first published in 1963, and the summer issue celebrates 50 years of the publication.

This retrospective issue looks back at five decades of the magazine, and also takes the opportunity to speculate on what the future may hold.

It provides fascinating insights into how the educational landscape has changed over the decades; while celebrating the values and good practice that remain as true today as they did in 1963.

In his introduction, editor Tom Wheare writes: “One of the salutary things about being editor of C&CR is the lesson that there is nothing new under the sun. Whatever whizzo scheme one may think of, look back through enough previous numbers and there it will be, the topic you thought that only your fertile mind had generated, marmorealised in cold print.

“Fortunately, being editor of C&CR is rather like being Beatrix Potter’s Taylor of Gloucester. A steady supply of well-crafted pieces of work appear on my computer screen at regular intervals, each with a buttonhole or two at the most remaining to be completed by a few final stitches in the editorial twist. Thus it was that two articles on school archives spontaneously appeared for inclusion in this distinctly retrospective issue.

“There are, however, quite a few commissioned articles here too, by way of birthday cards. Ian Beer was a Head before C&CR was born and is the senior Honorary Associate member of HMC, whilst John Blatchly, Jonty Driver, Nigel Richardson and Andrew Cunningham have all been editors of the magazine. The landscapes and portraits they paint fill in at least some of the back stories of the scene Conference & Common Room has sought to cover.”

You can read the new issue online at: www.candcr.co.uk

C&CR is published three times a year, at the start of each school term. If you are interested in contributing to the magazine, you can contact Editor Tom Wheare at tom@dunbry.plus.com. Potential advertisers can contact Madeleine Anderson at manderson@johncatt.com.

To subscribe to the magazine, visit our bookshop by clicking here.

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