Sir Hugh Owen
(14 January 1804 – 20 November 1881) was a significant Welsh
Hugh Owen was one of the pioneers of higher education in Wales.
He was born on Anglesey in 1804 and moved to London at the age of 21 to work as a solicitors clerk. He moved to work for the Poor Law Commission in 1836, eventually becoming Chief Clerk in 1853.
He rendered inestimable services to the cause of education, and more especially to the University College of Wales (Aberystwyth), of which he was chief founder.
He became involved in the British and foreign Schools in London and in 1843 published a letter to the people of Wales, advocating the need to establish British and Foreign Schools in Wales. As a non-conformist he supported the idea of non-denominational day schools in Wales. In 1843 he was instrumental in the appointing of an agent for the British and Foreign schools Society in North Wales and then in South Wales at a later date.
In 1846 he became honorary secretary of the Cambrian Educational Society and published another letter advocating the establishment of British Schools in Wales. His campaign led to the establishment of a number of Schools in Wales but this highlighted another problem - a shortage of trained teachers.
In 1856 he was one of the founder member of a movement to establish the Normal College at Bangor for teacher training. His vision included another teacher training college in South Wales; one specifically for women in Swansea and a university for Wales.... Read More