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Achieving in the Archives


Mrs Halford, the School Archivist, was pleased to welcome Alice Turnbull (OG 2009-13) to undertake a day of volunteering in the School Archive.  Alice has just been awarded a Masters’ Degree in Museum and Heritage Development by Nottingham Trent University, and has already secured a role with the National Trust where she is coordinating a project to create a centralised hub of National Trust records.  Her employment allows her five days volunteering a year, so when she heard that help was required in the archive, she jumped at the chance to come back to Prior’s Field.

Alice’s museum skills and experience were invaluable as she helped to list some early documents relating to the establishment of the school as a business after the death of Julia Huxley in 1908.  She unearthed some real gems such as the letter of recommendation written for the second Head, Mrs Ethel Ann Burton-Brown by Julia Huxley.  This was sent to current and prospective parents as a means of reassuring them that they would receive the same high quality of leadership and education under Mrs Burton-Brown.

The visit also coincided with the anniversary of Mrs Huxley’s birthday and so Alice was able join a party including Mrs Kirnig, Mr Taylor, the Head Girl and members of the Development Office, on a visit to the Watts Cemetery to lay some flowers on the grave.

She also enjoyed a tour of the school, during which she went to see her old rooms and bumped into some of her old teachers.

Alice is keen to spend some more days volunteering with us next year and we look forward to welcoming her back.  If anyone else is interested in finding out more about archive/museum work, please do get in touch with Mrs Halford – jhalford@priorsfieldschool.com