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September 2019



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I generally try not to post archive stuff too often, but come on, paper? What else am I going to post? This is a form from the 1860s, which I photographed for a friend whose kids go to the school it refers to. (They are doing a history project.) It's a form which was sent to apply to set up a school, and it sets out what school provision there is already locally; the kind of people who live locally; and practicalities such as number of pupils, building materials (the flooring will proudly be "best Baltic red deal"), and local fundraising to support the school. It's probably not very interesting in itself unless you know the place, or else you're researching, but it actually tells you quite a bit about money, property holding, building standards, socio-economic make-up. Put it together with plenty of similar forms, and you'll learn a lot.

School grants 001

Below the cut a very dull page from a supplementary form. Which I like purely because of the colour. For some reason, I never picture Victorian files being full of canary yellow paper. Plus an image of the volume exterior. It's number 92 out of 141, and every one of these thick volumes tells you about the creation of dozens of schools.

School grants 013

School grants 017


I like it. Very cool and interesting. Thanks for posting.
Thanks! I do sometimes get out of the office, but right now, this is about the best I can offer.
You have such cool stuff to photograph! *pouts*
Heh. Not for scissors, believe me. We are anti-scissors.

But you can find archives for almost anything, especially in a national collection. I just try to keep a lid on it.
These are fascinating. A very interesting 'take' on paper.
Thanks! Paper is (more or less) my working life, so...
I like the exterior binding - it is rather splendid! I also like the option of the school being supported by collection in church or chapel rather than just supported by the diocese funding (or circuit, I suppose, for chapel).
This is a bit unusual in not having National Society funding, I think - evidently a fairly wealthy area. You can see there's a standard space on the form for a Society contribution too. It's just under a decade before the compulsory review of education provision which led to Board Schools (ie local authority supported ones) being created where there wasn't the local money to fund a parish (National) school or a British school (which was the nonconformist equivalent).
Very, very cool. It's wonderful that it is still in such good condition!
*g* We try!

Actually, this kind of good quality paper, properly bound, kept securely in an office and rarely looked at since (why would you, once the schools were all built), usually survives pretty well. You can see the sticking-out edges of the yellow pages have faded quite dramatically, but everything else has been quite safe.
Record-keeping was so much prettier back then!
Heh. It's only with computers really that things have changed. I can readily remember multi-coloured forms and carbons in offices where you needed things in triplicate. (Honestly, we used yellow and pink copies till a couple of years back for purchase orders.) Not any more.

But the quality of the paper and the binding is long gone.
Today's records won't be nearly to personable and elegant. I wonder, if in a hundred years, if these archives will outlast today's forms.