Document Of The Month: Back To School

Document Of The Month: Back To School

It’s that time of year again, when the parents celebrate and kids commiserate; the end of the summer holidays and the start of a new school year.

Of course, there will be some exceptions to the rule – a child who can’t wait to get stuck back into some long division, or a mother shedding a tear at the sight of an idle Playstation, but you generally know that most children will be mourning the end of the summer break, and most parents will breathe a huge sigh of relief!

In honour of this annual occurrence, the East Riding Archives have unearthed a sample of their many school photographs to take back to the school days of their grandparents and great grandparents.

The photographs include, School in 1895, Hessle Infants in 1912, a class from in 1937, and a group photograph of all the little angels who achieved a full year’s ‘perfect attendance’ at St Bede’s in 1923.

Collections Officer, said: “You can actually order up the archive photographs anytime in the , but it’s a case of looking for pictures in amongst other archives, so we’ve put together a selection so can see at a glance what our East Riding schools, teachers and pupils looked like in the 19th and early 20th centuries. If you want to delve a bit further though, you’re more than welcome to look through the catalogues and order some historic items to view.”

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The absence of any smiling on the very early images is an interesting difference to our modern-day class photographs, but rather than being an indication that the children were all unhappy, this was just the fashionable way to pose for photograph at the time.

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