How do we talk about memories about school? This oral history workshop looks at a period of great change in British education, particularly for women. The post-war period visualised a whole range of occupations for women, even though this experience would eventually prepare them to make good wives and mothers. These ideas about the importance of science, of literature, of management, are also evident in magazines from the period. To start to stimulate memories and stories about education, ambitions and choices we will use archive materials. The IM Marsh College of Physical Education Archive and material from the Femorabilia collection of girls’ and women’s comics and magazines always provoke strong nostalgic response with scenes of classrooms in issues of Girl, Bunty, Diana and Judy. However, the questioning and prompts can be used to bring to light memories from any generation. We’d love to hear from people who attended IM Marsh or have a particular recollection of school stories from any era, but everyone is welcome.
Image: Liverpool Physical Trtaining College, courtesy of the LJMU History Archive, LJMU