Category Archives: Archive

I have just had very surprising information from the Surrey History Centre.  The government passed a new law 3 years ago which apparently makes school archives closed FOR 100 YEARS !  This is, it seems, because of privacy laws. So I am sorry to say that the new archive disc that I have nearly finished preparing cannot be sold. It does seem that people can go to the Centre to research the Archive, but I am not clear about how much can and cannot be seen. I have spoken with a man from the Centre and will go to see him for a long discussion (probably after Christmas) to get a clear picture of what is and is not allowed.  I suppose I can remove some items ( such as the Accession Register, it seems !!!) and the rest can probably be sold on a disc. This was a complete…

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The OBA has been selling  3 discs with almost everything from the Archive on them.  Unfortunately they now only work on Windows up to Windows XP (and maybe on later Professional Windows programs).  However, Microformat, the company that made them, has redone everything as normal folders/ files which can be used just like any other folders/files. I have finished going through everything, naming the folders and putting them in proper order and am now working on adding all the Archive Additions that have appeared since the original Archive was set up. All of this will probably be on ONE disc which will work on any Windows computer (and maybe Apple as well).  Ron Gibbins will be selling the disc when I have finished adding everything, which will take a month or three. Colin Sayer

Archive Update Burwood Park School Ltd Most of you reading this update know a lot about Burwood Park School – but which one ? The advertisement on the right appeared in 1934.  It also appeared in 1938. Companies House says that Burwood Park School Ltd was registered “about 1929” (we are hoping for more accurate information soon.)  It seems that it closed when the war started. It was Roy Staines who first saw half a sentence on the internet about “a school in Burwood Park run by Jean Byrne.” When we started looking for more information about this first school nobody knew anything about it: not the Surrey History Centre, not the Walton History Society, not Walton or Hersham Libraries: in fact nobody had ever heard of it ! However the Surrey History Centre found that the school was in the business registers for 1934 and 1938 and the Walton…

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This was created to keep alive the history and memory of the School and College. It comprises some 16,000 pages of documents held by the Surrey History Centre at Woking, further documents held by the British Deaf History Society and all the school films and videos, held by Sefra for the Surrey History Centre. The main part, at Woking, includes every copy of the School Magazine (1950s), every copy of the Boar annual magazine, and every copy of the Boar Weekly, from the first (1960) to the last, when the school closed. Unfortunately is has almost NO copies of the Old Burwoodian (the first OBA magazine), but has every copy of the Boars in Touch. Almost all of the collection in Woking is on microfilm and can be viewed by the public (preferably by prior arrangement). Also, most of the collection in Woking is on three CDs which can be…

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The final part, the photographs, is still not completed. There are, I think, between 2500 and 3000 photographs to process, date and name. A disc was available at the Edinburgh Reunion with the ones I have completed so far, with names and dates wherever possible. The whole project will be completed as soon as possible and I shall then make it known on this website, as well as providing the Surrey History Centre with the discs and relevant information. In April, after the Boars in Touch has appeared, this Archive section will be showing very surprising information about Burwood Park School that I certainly did not know and which will NOT be what any of you (except one ) will be expecting !! Another project in hand is the digitising of documents sent to me by Lord Boyd, dating from 1954 to 58. These were deposited with the Surrey History…

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