Westminster School records date back to the late 14th Century. Re -founded by Elizabeth I in 1560, the Elizabethan statutes established a school of 40 scholars and permitted further pupils to be admitted as ‘Town Boys’.
The Town Boy Ledgers, kept by the pupil elected ‘Head of the Town Boys’ (Princeps Oppidanus) offer a vivid account of school boy experiences, including tales of exploding fireworks, dangerous ‘ditch-leaping’ and accidental deaths.
Following a successful grant of conservation serialisation of the records began. Elizabeth Wells, Archivist and Records Manager will discuss the project and reveal some of the fascinating stories that have come to light through the serialisation.