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.
The Brighton College Archive
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:
- Records of the College; This includes records relating to staff, governors and trustees; deeds and legal papers; financial records; plans; school magazines; records relating to pupils, including registers, photographs and work.
- Personal papers; Belonging to Old Brightonians (pupils and staff).
- Artwork; A selection of prints and paintings of the College, as well artwork produced by past pupils and staff.
- Heritage Collections; Alongside this archival material, we also hold a small heritage collection, which includes rare books and artefacts.
Research and enquiries:
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, James Harrison.
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.
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:
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.
About six months ago, our maintenance team asked me to take a look at a large sign stored in their workshop.
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.
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!
While I was away on a two-week placement at the V&A Archive, and at the IRMS Conference, where I won an award (more on this to follow!), I received a brilliant email from Simon Ashdown, one of our librarians. He had discovered the inscription pictured above inside a copy of a classical dictionary, published in 1859. It belonged to Philip Boobyer, who attended Brighton College between 1873 and 1875 as a day boy.