The records held by Brighton College Archive reflect our school's unique history. In an atmosphere that focuses on individual achievements, academic excellence and innovation, material is collected that will support our pupils' love of learning. The archive also offers a rich resource for Old Brightonians, researchers and genealogists. The Brighton College Archive comprises:
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Archive material can be accessed in the reading room at the College, by appointment only. If you would like to make an appointment, or have an enquiry, please get in touch with the school's archivist, Abigail Wharne.
If you think you have material that could be added to our collections, we always welcome donations. For further information, please see refer to our Donation Pack.
Andrew Potter (Br. 1957-1962) recently got in touch with a set of photographs. Dating between 1952 and 1957, the images show Brighton College Junior School. Andrew included many useful details in his accompanying message...
You may remember that last time we delved into the wonders of the Brighton College minute book, the Council (now the Board of Governors) decided they would persuade Phoenix to pay for Anti-Aircraft and Bombardment Insurance for the College. This was on the 5th October 1916; this week we discover what happened during the following council meeting on the 7th December. Unfortunately, the council’s persuasive skills were not quite up to scratch. Phoenix ‘refused to bear any part of the cost’, but agreed to put £42 pounds as loan towards the total of £76, as was the previous agreement.
On the 5th October 1916, the Governors of Brighton College met to discuss the usual issues important people discuss; the school’s financial situation, insurance, the number of pupils, and the roof (the chairman came to the excellent conclusion that the roof would not need any further repairs for the remainder of the year).
Dear Old Brightonians, We are trying to find out the names of old 1st team captains for rugby, football and cricket in order to find out which houses they belonged to at school. Their names will be put up on honours boards in their houses along with the year in which they captained the team.
The phrase "one picture is worth a thousand words" suggests that an image can more lucidly communicate a complex idea or experience. Perhaps overused, the idiom has lost some resonance over the years. However, I would argue my experiences in recent weeks, while searching for images linked to our roll of honour, have brought home the truth behind the phrase. In fact, three photographs had such a profound emotional impact, I felt the need to share them here.
Malcolm McVittie recently wrote a letter to the Head Master, describing his father’s experiences after leaving school. This letter recounted a story of bravery and perseverance.
Much of the pleasure found in an archive is making connections and understanding histories, but the membership card for the Brighton College Elephant Club (BCEC) has had me flummoxed for weeks.
After a short hiatus over the summer, the Archivist's blog is back! We're kicking this academic year off with a request from Karen, one of our volunteers:
About six months ago, our maintenance team asked me to take a look at a large sign stored in their workshop. I popped down to investigate and discovered a name plate from the Brighton College steam locomotive, part of the SR V class, more commonly known as the Schools Class.
From the pictures on the blog, many of you may imagine me sorting through piles of old papers. You might be surprised to hear that I am also responsible for managing some of our more recent records - even digital ones! This aspect of my work began last year, with a project focused on the school’s pupil files. Working alongside our brilliant Assistant Bursar, Cathy O’Reilly, I completed an information audit and made many plans for the future, which are now being implemented. Inspired by the project, I decided to write a short essay as an entry for the IRMS (Information and Records Management Society) Alison North New Professionals’ Award. The winners of the award were announced last week, and I was delighted to discover my entry had won!
The Development and Alumni Relations Office's primary role is to support the Head Master and Governors in realising the long-term plans of the school, by raising non-fee income, and by building a network of strong relationships among parents, staff, Old Brightonians and other friends and supporters.
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