I have now catalogued over 560 items in Godolphin archive. At some point I will dedicate one of my posts to displaying how one might search for something using the record in excel and then find it in its correct location. But first I’d like to show you what I found today...
This is a School Certificate (the equivalent of the GCSE or O-Level certificate) awarded to Margery Thomas in 1934
It shows some of the typical subjects studied by the students at the time: English, Modern European History, Latin, French and Biology. Other subjects also available to study at Godolphin at the time included: religious knowledge, arithmetic, mathematics, chemistry, physics, botany, art, music, handicraft and needlework.
I spent a lot of today cataloguing the school inspection and examination reports. Some of these in the collection date right back to the 1890s.
This is an in-depth report from the Board of Examinations about the results of some examinations taken in 1890 by students at Godolphin. It is so in-depth that it even mentions particular students with comments such as ‘Hannah Morrice deserves praise’ and ‘the papers of Ethel Bowle... were excellent’.
This examination report mentions ex Godolphin student Dorothy L. Sayers’ achievements in the French exam: ‘D.L. Sayers has sent up the best translation from French into English that I have ever had from any school.’
As well as examination reports there are a number of inspection reports in the collection.
|'I arrived at the school in the evening of Saturday July 25th & I stayed till the morning of Friday July 31st.'|
‘To an unusual extent the girls give an impression of happiness and abundant vitality, and their tone and discipline are all that can be desired.’
‘In the first place, broad sympathy is shown with the needs and tastes of different minds.’ ‘Every girl is encouraged to develop her own nature and powers with the aim of future usefulness and happiness.’
This inspection report above contained an account of every part of the school, including the museum!