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+ Pembroke News (October 2017 Issue)

It has been another busy year for School Archives, accessioning our memorabilia, attending workshops and creating extensive registers for all manner of objects and documentation of records.

Pembroke News (October 2017 Issue)

It has been another busy year for School Archives, accessioning our memorabilia, attending workshops and creating extensive registers for all manner of objects and documentation of records. I thank Ms Bell, Archives Assistant, for her wonderful work in creating these registers and handling the many queries we receive from day to day.

2017 saw the start of our volunteers in earnest. This year we are delighted to have three former staff members join our Archives volunteer program to assist with various ongoing projects. Mr Callaghan is documenting timelines of significant events, Mr Cudmore is helping to write titles for photographs and Mr Langusch has taken on the task of updating the sporting section of our Hall of Fame project.

On the mezzanine level of the Old Scholars' War Memorial Pavilion are photographs of old scholars and staff who have excelled at sport at a national and/or international level. The Pembroke Old Scholars' Association (POSA) instigated an ongoing project to create a formal database to record all achievements of old scholars and staff in their chosen field. These photographs and data have not been updated for many years and we are hoping to establish a detailed up-to-date record of achievements. The information provided as well as any photographs supplied can be used electronically and/or for visual displays within the School. This database may also be placed on the POSA website and portal.

The Kings Old Collegians' Football Club recently held their 50th anniversary since the A3 and A3 Reserve teams won their premierships in 1967 (pictured below). King’s College old scholars travelled far and wide to proudly celebrate this occasion. Richard Keene (52-63) organised a wonderful dinner at the Robin Hood Hotel in August; created a DVD for the evening; and documented records, photographs and historical records for our School Archives. We were delighted to receive four signed football mementos celebrating the 20th, 30th, 40th and 50th reunion dinners, with photographs taken from these events. What a marvellous collection of football history.

We sincerely thank our generous donors and encourage our Pembroke families to add to our collection.

Ms Harries
School Archivist

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+ Pembroke News (October 2016 Issue)

Our focus during the term for School Archives has been sourcing photographs and memorabilia for the 40-year celebrations of the Pembroke Hearing Unit.

Pembroke News (October 2016 Issue)

Our focus during the term for School Archives has been sourcing photographs and memorabilia for the 40-year celebrations of the Pembroke Hearing Unit. We were pleased to be able to display our items once again in the beautiful P&F Gallery (pictured).

We are always pleased to receive items of memorabilia. More recently, several historical photographs have been donated to Archives. Sometimes, the stories of how they came to be are just as fascinating as the photographs themselves, helping to provide a wonderful historical connection.

One particular photograph showing Girton House boarders was kindly donated by Marianne Moore, whose father, Richard Paul Moore, was born on 2 October 1915 and appeared in the first photograph below next to the teacher aged six. Richard’s father was Reverend William Archibald Moore, a military chaplain during the Great War. He served in this role for almost the entire war, tending to the mutilated and dying and writing letters to families he had never met. By 1921 Reverend Moore was at Robe and Richard was bound for a private boys’ school who did not take students younger than seven years of age, so Richard entered Girton as a boarder for one year.

Another historical photograph (pictured) kindly donated by the Dean family shows the General and Mrs Dean with their family on the steps of their Gwent property, now known as Bills House.

We sincerely thank our generous donors and also encourage our Pembroke families to add to our collection.

Ms Harries
School Archivist

(Select a photo below to view gallery).

+ Unitas 2016

2016 provided the opportunity for our School Archives to assist the Hearing Unit with a visual photographic and memorabilia display to celebrate their 40 years on Friday 26 August.

Unitas 2016

2016 provided the opportunity for our School Archives to assist the Hearing Unit with a visual photographic and memorabilia display to celebrate their 40 years on Friday 26 August. It was a fully packed day that saw many old scholars revisit their much-loved School and join our current Senior School students for their School Assembly in the Dorothy Yates (DY) Hall, meet with current Hearing Unit students and staff, and visit the Parents and Friends (P&F) Gallery. Many old scholars have not been back since leaving their School and did not recognise parts of it. They were extremely impressed with our beautiful new areas such as the Senior School Resource Centre and the P&F Gallery, which was part of the old DY Hall as they knew it.

I thank Head of Visual Arts Mr Michael Ferrier for allowing Archives to use the P&F Gallery once again, and also curator Mrs Grace Ferrier who creates such wonderfully creative and visual displays with the material that she is given from our Archives.

Preservation and conservation are important aspects of all collections. In November I was particularly interested to attend a workshop presented by History SA and hosted by Artlab Australia. Artlab Australia is a government agency of Arts SA and was established in June 1985. They are well recognised in the conservation of cultural collections and provide expert services to preserve and care for collections. It was most beneficial to learn these processes for restoring and caring for different forms of memorabilia including artwork, books, ceramics, glass, photographs, textiles and wooden objects; and fascinating to be able to be involved in a behind-the-scenes look over the laboratories.

Our Archives has also seen an increase in research enquiries, from outside sources wanting to trace their family members who attended Girton, King’s or Pembroke. Often when we establish these connections it leads to Archives receiving additional information or photographs to add to our collections and records. We have been delighted to receive many photographs from our Pembroke community that particularly highlight our Founding Schools—Girton and King’s—such as these historical photographs.

School Archives is always grateful to receive any form of donation and I thank everyone who has kindly donated funds and/or items to preserve our memorabilia.

Remember - Archives Matter!

Ms Harries
School Archivist