Excerpt from National Association for the Promotion of Technical and Secondary Education: Final Report; July, 1907
It will probably be the general desire Of the members that there should be given, in this Final Report, a brief historical review of the National Association for the Promotion of Technical and Secondary Education.
In the autumn Of I886, after a private meeting held at the house of the late Mr. George Dixon, in Birmingham, the first suggestion Of the formation of an Association was made by Sir Henry E. Roscoe and Mr. (now the Right Hon.) Arthur H. D. Acland, both, at that time, Members of Parliament. Early in the following year, they resolved to call a preliminary meeting, to be held in one Of the Committee Rooms of the House Of Commons, for the purpose Of making arrangements for the establishment Of a National Association. This meeting was attended by several members of both Houses of Parliament, and, among others, by the late Professor Huxley. It was then determined to form the Association, the Officers nominated being as follows - President: The Marquis of Hartington (now the Duke Of Devonshire); Treasurer: Sir John Lubbock (now Lord Avebury); General Secretaries: Sir Henry E. Roscoe and Mr. (now the Right Hon.) Arthur H. D. Acland. The Inaugural Meeting was held on the Ist July, 1887, the Marquis Of Hartington being in the chair. At this Inaugural Meeting, the chief business was that Of (i) the definite appointment of the Officers, (2) the election of vice-presidents, (3) the appointment Of an Executive Committee, (4) the definition of the Objects Of the Association. The Objects, as then defined, will be-found on p. 2 of this Report, and they have remained the bases of the efforts of the Association during the whole period Of its existence.
The Executive Committee did not lose any time in commencing their operations. Meetings and Conferences, for the purpose of establishing branches and co-operating organisations and generally of promoting the work Of the Association, were held throughout the country during the autumn and winter with most gratifying results; while suitable literature was prepared and circulated widely and especially among those to whom this form Of propaganda would appeal most strongly. In this way, a great many representative bodies and individuals were brought into harmonious relations with the Association. In the following year these labours were continued, and, inter alia, a Conference took place at the House Of Commons between the Executive Committee and representatives Of local branches. The Association also went further afield, and brought itself into connection with Parliament and with Government Departments. Among many other signs Of its activity, it may be mentioned that, (i) in February, Sir Henry Roscoe introduced into the House of Commons his Technical Instruction Bill, (2) in March, a deputation was arranged to wait upon Lord Cranbrook to urge the desirability of State aid to university colleges, (3) in April, Mr. Arthur Acland initiated a debate on secondary education in the House Of Commons, and in June, a second deputation was arranged to meet Lord Cranbrook to consider the subject Of agricultural education. It was, however, during the three years which immediately followed that the Association was especially active and initiated movements Of national importance.
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