Harpur Hill School seeks ex-pupils for 70th anniversary oral history project

A Buxton primary school is appealing for past pupils to share memories of their classroom days for an oral history project celebrating the organisation’s 70th anniversary.

By Ed Dingwall
Thursday, 7th April 2022, 4:27 pm

The first cohort of junior age pupils arrived at the Harpur Hill School, on the Trent Avenue site in September 1952, the same year that Queen Elizabeth came to the throne.

Present day pupils are working on projects to mark both anniversaries, assembling archive materials which tell the school’s story, and now they looking to document the experiences of previous generations who passed through the same halls.

Governor Anne Rogerson, who also leads the Buxton& District U3A Oral History group which has produced numerous records of local life, is working with year three teacher Lis Carver to develop the idea.

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The school's head boy, deputy head boy and deputy head girl show off some of their archive discoveries.

She said: “One focus of the project will be to find stories from past pupils who will talk to us about their school days. We would like this to take the form of the children asking the questions and believe this will mine a rich seam of memories.

“Unfortunately, most people always underestimate the value of their own story, so it is that issue we need to overcome. Any snippet of information on any aspect of school life will all be valuable, for example lessons taught, playground games, school dinners, school trips, prizes, school uniform.”

She added: “We need people from all seven decades if possible to present the whole story of development.”

Anyone who would like to contribute to the project can contact Anne via 01298 26720 or [email protected], or Miss Carver via [email protected]

The school log book from September 1, 1952.

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The school's official opening ceremony in 1953 made front page headlines.
The school log book from September 1, 1952.
The school's head boy, deputy head boy and deputy head girl show off some of their archive discoveries.