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...
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.
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).
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.
Su Wijeratna (née Cook) studied geography at Birmingham University after leaving Brighton College. She began her teaching career at Epsom College before moving to Eastbourne College where she became a regular visitor to Brighton, finding herself as Elizabeth Cody’s opposite number at several fixtures. She then became Head of Geography at St Benedict’s School in Ealing before moving on to be a Housemistress at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School. Since 2011, Su has worked at St Paul’s Girls’ School where she is Deputy Head and Director of Pastoral Care. Su was recently appointed as Lower Master at Eton College, the first woman to be so in the school’s 576-year history. She will take up the post this September.
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.
Many names have strong associations with Brighton College. They are woven into the fabric of the school through plaques, memorials and the names of buildings. One example is Williams, from which our second-oldest girl’s house takes its name. Peggy Williams was born in Chichester House in 1896, and, rather amazingly, was able to attend the opening of ‘her’ house in 1990. Much of Peggy’s long life was connected to the school, as she married Reverend A J Williams, College Chaplain and Housemaster of Wilsons (a now extinct house).
Ian Bateson is an independent correspondent based in Kiev, Ukraine and has written for Reuters, the Daily Beast, the New Statesman, VICE, Al Jazeera and Die Zeit Online. He is a graduate of Columbia University and was a Fulbright grantee at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna. He is currently working on a book on Ukrainian identity after the Maidan Revolution. We got in touch with him recently to find out about his time at Brighton College and what he's up to at the moment...
This week being National Gardening Week, I thought it would be nice to consider how the school’s gardens have changed over the years.
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