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Back to School

A collection that celebrates the contribution made by Wales' schools over the years and which pays tribute to pupils, teachers - and canteen staff. These items come from every corner of Wales, and date back from the 1880's to the present day, showing the variety of schools and teaching methods in Wales over the years - captured by individuals, community groups and photographers such as Geoff Charles, John Thomas and Martin Ridley.

There are 88 items in this collection

Glanamman School, 1902

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Glantwymyn School Staff

  • 879
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Pupils of Glantwymyn School 1979

  • 451
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Hafodunos Hall Boarding School

  • 176
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Penygraig Girls School, 1913

  • 1,575
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Malltraeth Infant School, 1910

  • 181
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Lesson, Hafodunos Hall Boarding School

  • 181
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Resolven School c1910-1920

  • 577
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Penboyr School, 1950s

  • 563
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Preparing school dinner 1954

  • 856
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Capel Celyn school, 22 February 1957

  • 375
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Darowen School, 1936/1937

  • 671
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Two pupils from Teilo Sant Welsh Medium School...

  • 1,351
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Staff of Queen Elizabeth Grammar School for...

  • 2,174
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1930 Ogmore Grammar School

  • 295
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Ysgol Gymraeg Aberystwyth 1960s

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Biology Class Ysgol Brynhyfryd Rhuthun, 1955,

  • 771
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Llanrwst Grammar School, 1960s

  • 406
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Mr Williams' class, Cribyn School 1957

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Opening of Machynlleth Junior School, 1903

  • 728
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Open plan teaching, Casllwchwr County Primary...

  • 685
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Schoolgirls in Oswestry learning sewing skills,...

  • 1,136
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Schoolboys learning gardening skills, 1939

  • 844
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Porthmadog Grammar School hockey team, c.1906

  • 824
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Staff and Pupils of Llangoedmor Church School,...

  • 84
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Cwmdu CP School 1981

  • 1,239
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Playing with blocks, maths lesson, Teilo Sant...

  • 1,039
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Llanfihangel y Creuddyn School c. 1900

  • 534
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Pupils and staff at Llanwenog school 1967

  • 1,785
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Llangollen. County School

  • 563
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Llangollen grammer school

  • 157
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Cwmystwyth Council School class 1919

  • 126
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Chancery School Llanfarian c.1959

  • 546
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Commins Coch School, 1962

  • 523
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Singing group practice, Teilo Sant Welsh...

  • 688
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Rhyd-y-gorlan School, Cemaes, Powys

  • 1,099
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Children exercising at a school in Merthyr...

  • 921
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British School, Holyhead, Standard III, Girls...

  • 647
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Cwm Glas Primary School, Swansea, Netball Team,...

  • 1,600
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Pupils moving Physical Education equipment,...

  • 375
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Llanfihangel y Creuddyn School 1985

  • 1,160
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Albert Road Primary School, Penarth

  • 388
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Old Pencader primary school

  • 1,883
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The Council School, Cowbridge

  • 50
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The High School for Girls, Monmouth

  • 67
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Howell's Girls School, Llandaff

  • 46
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Year 9 Historians

  • 176
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Llandecwyn 'Revolt' School, c. 1906

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  • 310
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Tregaron Church School

  • 677
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Penboyr School dinner staff. 1958-9

  • 688
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Capel Cynon Primary School 1977

  • 221
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Llanrwst Grammar School Football Teams

  • 242
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Higher Grade School, Pentre, Rhondda ca.1905

  • 19
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Llangeitho School 1886

  • 1,121
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The boys and head teacher of Meifod school, 1890s

  • 722
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Lunchtime at Penboyr School, 1956

  • 541
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Pupils of South Church Street School

  • 538
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The Grammar School, Cowbridge

  • 31
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Tirphil school

  • 427
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Ysgol Erw'r Delyn special School

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Ysgol Silian School, c1970

  • 709
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Bwlchllan School, 1958

  • 1,067
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Ysgol Pandy Tudur 40au-50au

  • 472
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Staff of Llangollen Grammar School

  • 1,855
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Y Gyffylliog school pupils

  • 446
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Llandysul County School

  • 257
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Llansawel Primary School staff

  • 454
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Gymnasts at Rhos-ddu Junior School

  • 594
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Maenofferen School, Blaenau Ffestiniog

  • 2,775
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Llandysul county school (Cer)

  • 252
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Capel Garmon School, 1916

  • 998
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Class photograph from Blaengarw Infants'...

  • 204
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Tim Pel-rwyd Merched Ysgol Tal-y-bont, Papur...

  • 766
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The last days of Capel Celyn School, October 1962

  • 754
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Glan-y-pwll School, Blaenau Ffestiniog

  • 1,457
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Teachers of the British school, Llanymddyfri

  • 163
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Pupils, Llangwnnadl school (1886)

  • 121
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Capel Cynon Primary School Centenary...

  • 875
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Kitchen staff Maenofferen School, Blaenau

  • 1,742
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Form V Ardwyn Grammar School, Aberystwyth...

  • 4,246
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Gardening lesson, Capel Garmon School 1920s

  • 360
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Bala Grammar School Football Team, 1953

  • 1,272
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Pupils at the national school, Llanfair...

  • 513
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Child of Key Worker at School, Lockdown, 2020

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The first secondary school, Llanfair Caereinion...

  • 286
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National School Fishguard

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Machen School Class 1890's

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