Into the School Archives

Every now and again I get to indulge in someone else’s memories. Yes, I have a great job.

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Yesterday I spent the day at a local school who have diligently preserved their 130 year history onto a SaveEveryStep timeline. They wanted to share it interactively with the local community and invited any past pupils to come along (with their own old school photos) to take a trip down memory lane and browse their now-digital archives.

What a bloody treat! There were stories of scandal, stories of big hair, stories of lost friends and awful teachers, stories of ‘where they are now’ and, above all, stories of childhood.

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The Mayor (himself an ex-pupil) was joined by an elderly lady who recalled how the war interrupted school life in 1939; a group of Mums (whose current view of the school is mainly from the playground at drop-off time these days) spent an hour seeking out old chums and browsing through the images from their old school plays in the 80s.

It is a phenomenal gift to the future caretakers of this ordinary-looking building – a digital, shareable archive of all that has gone before, all that is present and all that is yet to come.

Oh, and there was Cream Tea. Nuff said.

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If your school could benefit from recording their daily life and times, chronologically, why not recommend SaveEveryStep?!

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17 responses to “Into the School Archives

  1. Wow, how wonderful to be a part of something like that! I just love the power of photography for preserving memories – such a wonderful tool, we should never take for granted. Lovely post.

  2. Looks like a very special and nostalgic day – we had something like this when I was at school and the Mayor came and I got to shake hands with him, I thought that was AMAZING!!! :)

    • It was so much fun! I read about schools with so much history sitting in boxes or on disparate computers, and in ex-pupils’s houses! Could do with a magnet to bring them in so I can help!

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