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Book launch: Religion and Relationships in Ragged Schools

Book cover for Religion and Relationships in Ragged Schools, no illustration

Dr Laura Mair’s book, 'Religion and Relationships in Ragged Schools: An Intimate History of Educating the Poor, 1844-1870,’ (Routledge) is a history of evangelical work with poor children in the 19th century.

Focusing on the interaction between teachers and scholars, the book provides an intimate account of ‘ragged schools’ that challenges existing scholarship on evangelical child-saving movements and Victorian philanthropy. With Lord Shaftesbury as their figurehead, these institutions provided a free education to impoverished children. The primary purpose of the schools, however, was the salvation of children’s souls.

  • Main speaker: Dr Helen Rogers (Liverpool John Moores) 
  • Part of our History of Christianity seminar series
  • Followed by a drinks reception in Rainy Hall. Catering by Social Bite.

All welcome.


‘Religion and Relationships in Ragged Schools’ on Routledge website

Dr Mair’s profile

History of Christianity seminar series

Head and shoulders shot of Dr Laura Mair in warm outdoor clothes with the sea behind
Dr Laura Mair


School news article about Dr Mair’s research