Sybil Marshall and Ewart Oakeshott, 2 names that are unfamiliar to many people but we found a plaque dedicated by them attached to a house on St Mary’s Street in Ely.
So we asked young historian Tom Watkins what he could find out about these 2 names and their histories are very intriguing.
Ewart Oakeshott (25 May 1916 — 30 September 2002) was a British illustrator, collector, and amateur historian who wrote prodigiously on medieval arms and armour. He was a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a Founder Member of the Arms and Armour Society, and the Founder of the Oakeshott Institute. His classification of the medieval sword, the Oakeshott typology, lives on today as the premiere work on the systematic organization of medieval weaponry.
Sybil Marshall (26 November 1913 – 29 August 2005) was a British writer, teacher and educationalist.
As a teacher in a one-room school in Cambridgeshire during the 1940s, Marshall developed teaching methods based on integrating subjects and encouraging children’s creativity. Later written up as An Experiment in Education, her methods influenced the 1967 Plowden Report into primary education in Britain. In later years, Marshall became a writer, publishing academic works on education, childhood memoirs of growing up in the Cambridgeshire fenland, and, from 1993, a series of novels.
We would love to hear more about past important people and events that have happened in Ely!!
Oakeshott Typology: http://www.oakeshott.org/
Sybil Marshall Biography: http://www.oakeshott.org/SMBio.html
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