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Photographic archive of the Architects and Buildings Branch, Ministry of Education, and its successors : Welcome

Introducing a collection comprised of 1000s of photographs illustrating school buildings, and experience from 1950-1990

About this guide

The A&B Branch originally operated under the Ministry of Education. Its activities accumulated photographs and slides depicting a range of features of school life from 1940s-1990s. Unique in its breadth, the archive illustrates a wide range of subjects, existing not only as documentation of the Branch’s activities and the construction of schools, but also as records of changes in styles of education, ideas of child-centred learning, planning, furniture, colour in schools, landscape, sociology, social history, post-war changes in secondary education, the secondary modern, vocational/technical education, construction styles and system builds, gender stereotypes, and many more.

Buttershaw Infants School, 1949

Buttershaw Infants School 1949

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