OB menus, London Illustrated News, School & College magazine, hand made frame

Posted by Berkhamsted Admin on 05 Apr 2023

Modified by Berkhamsted Admin on 07 Apr 2023

OB menus, London Illustrated News, School & College magazine, hand made frame
OB Menus

Cataloguing the items from one of the OBs boxes was a task over two days, as anything that had the remotest of connections had been ‘popped in’ the box for safe keeping.

Amongst the array of old envelopes and papers, I came across a selection of Annual Dinner menus. Some beautifully decorated, others plain and quite a few with the signatures of the attendees. Click on the image to read what delicious offerings were on the 1897 menu. As many past food favourites are now being tagged as ‘Retro’, I wonder if Pigeon and Mushrooms will ever feature at a future OBs dinner?

Illustrated London news

These featured magazines carry articles about Berkhamsted Boys and Girls’ Schools.

The Illustrated London News dated June 28th, 1958, has a four page article, the third in the series, entitled The Education of British Youth – Berkhamsted School. Four sketches by Dennis Flanders, show The Quad (double page) the Cloisters, Old Hall from the South side and a view of Deans’ Hall between the Chapel and Library, with accompanying historical text, mentioning that the School was a pioneer in Science teaching, when the first laboratory was opened in 1874.

Russell comp

The School & College magazine, dated March, 1964, features a double page, Profile piece on Barbara Winifred Russell (Headmistress 1950 -1971), describing her as ‘the alert, vigorous Head of an alert, vigorous School.’ There was a small snippet from the Daily Express dated June, 1966, tucked inside the front cover. It was a quote from Miss Russell, who was speaking at the Boys’ Prize giving – “Educate a boy and you educate a man. Educate a girl and you educate a family.”


Another attic find, covered in dust and grime, this charming, handmade frame, incorporating the School crest has scrubbed up well! Provenance unknown.


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