The Robert Raikes centenary medal

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The Robert Raikes centenary medal

This medal, found in a field at Aughton, was struck to mark the 100th anniversary of the foundings of the sunday school movement by Robert Raikes in 1780. Raikes was a Gloucester newspaper publisher who became cncerned with the plight of the poor factory children. he saw that their only way of escaping to a better future was though education. with the help of some local ladies who were prepared to open their homes,he established sunday schools to teach the children to read and write using the bible as their textbooks,sunday being the only day they were not at their long hours of work. His landmark movment,which became countrywide, is important to remember as it ws the first attempt to provide free education to the poor.

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