An interesting read this weekend was the article in the April 2020 edition of The Oldie by Arnold Harvey.
In the article Arnold relates how many of our writers started their careers writing for their school magazine before going on to write for newspapers and becoming well known journalists and authors.
Past school magazines reflect not only the past history of the writer's School but also reflections of the locality. Each magazine has its own flavour with perhaps more emphasis on sport in Boys' School magazines than in those from Girls' Schools. Many of the magazines produced during the war years contain much important imformation relating to past pupis who served in the forces, some of whom sadly lost their lives.
It got me thinking about how many of the past pupils from the schools I have been associated with are currently well known journalists, authors and playwrites.
- How many of your former students have gone on to become writers?
- Are you past magazines easily read by the current students?
- Have you digitised these magazines for access?
- What about the current magazines and newsletters so easily produced electronically - are these stored for posterity or has the delete button been pressed too easily?
To read the full article from The Oldie dash to your local newsagent to purchase a copy or visit their website to purchase a digital copy. https://www.theoldie.co.uk/
If you have not digitised your magaines then speak to our sponsors the SDS group who can help you https://www.sds-group.co.uk/
Not sure of the importance of having a school archive then speak with the School Archivists Group https://schoolarchivesandrecordsassociation.org/