Dear Site Members,
I am new to this part of London. I was appointed as Headteacher at Barrow Hill Junior School earlier this year and took up post in September 2013.
I was given a complete set of school log books dating back to 1875 by my Premises Manager during the Summer Holidays – they make fascinating reading! Funnily enough many of the issues that crop up in the books are still issues debated in the national press today. Others are very different; we do not emphasise daily sewing for girls to quite the same extent and I believe that we are free of rickets now at Barrow Hill!
I am very happy for interested local historians to see these books.
I am looking to put together a heritage project for the school. Having used these books and some photographs in assemblies in September I realised that the children havea very real interest in the lives of those who walked these corridors before them.
If you have any photographs or memories etc that you can share please do contact me at email@example.com
By the way, although I have some photos from Edwardian times and a couple from 1950’s there are lots of gaps – and also I have very few of the 1980’s and 1990’s -remember that for your average 7 year old even the 1990’s are ancient history (somewhat galling for a Headteacher of 1968 vintage!).
Barrow Hill Junior School
PS this week I have added some pictures of a Remembrance Book from the First World War – it is beautifully handwritten and very poignant, especially in this week of 11th November. The book lists all names of former Barrow Hill pupils who fought between 1914-1918. Sadly there are many names on each page written in red ink, signifying that they did not return.
I wonder what became of those that did? If you have any information or memories or photographs please let us know.