Photographs from schoolMarch 13, 2012 About my museum job, Blogs, Collections online
As Anna from our Collections online team continues to work to bring 1,000 images by renowned photo journalist Henry Grant to our website. We share some of her favourite photographs from the collection now available to view online:
The first group of our Henry Grant photographs have gone live – they are all education related and cover teaching and learning in the Capital from nursery age through schools and exams to university and apprenticeships.
There are some fantastic images – I have posted some of my favourite here…
This little girl, who attended the Coram Gardens Day Nursery is being weighed and checked by the district nurse.
This young boy is having fun in a carpentry class at the George Eliot Primary School in Westminster. I love the fact that he has some wood and a saw and is just being left to create his masterpiece… not sure what Health and Safety officials would have to say about that now a days though!
My next picture is of a nun choosing jigsaws for her pupils at the London County Council Schools Equipment Centre. I don’t know anything more about the resources centre or who this teacher was but just had to include it!
The Old Kent Road School for the Deaf was first established in 1792 in Bermondsey but due to demand for places a purpose build school opened on the Old Kent Road in 1809. Here Mrs Johnson Rod, a teacher at the school, is working with a toddler. I love the expression on the little girl’s face showing how much she was enjoying herself.
The Evelina School at Guys Hospital was established to provide education for children on extended stays in hospital. It was not only about keeping the children up to date with their education but was also a way of increasing their morale and providing educational therapy. Most of the teaching took place at the children’s bedsides on the ward. Here the child’s hospital treatment meant that he had to remain lying on his back so the teachers devised a series of pulleys and strings so that he could use the schools resources.
Anna will be adding more images by Henry Grant to Collections online over the coming month which will continue the educational theme and move on to work related images as well. Look out for a blog post of Anna’s favourites from this next batch soon.
To view the collection of Henry Grant photographs currently available on our website click here.