School helps boost museum archive

Year 4 pupils from Acklington CE First School with headteacher Ms Fenton handing over a staff log book detailing school activities from 1863.

Year 4 pupils from Acklington CE First School with headteacher Ms Fenton handing over a staff log book detailing school activities from 1863.

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PUPILS from a north Northumberland school travelled to Woodhorn Museum armed with handfuls of history.

Acklington CE First School took a variety of old documents to add to the treasure trove of information for the museum’s archive database.

Among them were pupil registers from the beginning of the school in 1852, staff log books dating back to 1863, and inspection reports both by the Education Department and the Church from the 1800s and 1900s.

The school frequently receives requests for information to trace ancestors from families as far flung as Australia and Canada, and now searching for long-lost relatives will hopefully be made easier through comprehensive school and parish information stored and catalogued at the archive.

Budding historians can also find out a wealth of information about what life at the school was like, including the odd royal visit. On one occasion in 1864 the then Duchess of Northumberland visited the school to read with children.

Other notable events include school closures for epidemics such as scarlet fever, diptheria, whooping cough, measels, scabies and typhoid, and 47 Wallsend children, including four under-fives, being evacuated to Acklington in 1939.

For further information about using the archive, visit www.experiencewoodhorn.com/collections