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School medal

School medal

  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1812 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Cast and engraved silver

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Philip Clement Gibbons

  • Museum number:

    MISC.1350-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The earlier boys' schools taught the classical subjects such as Latin, Greek, rhetoric, logic, grammar and mathematics, which were considered suitable for the education of a gentleman's son (who would not need paid employment), or for those who would go into the professions of law, medicine or religion.

For girls, by contrast, immense importance was traditionally attached to acquiring domestic skills such as sewing, cooking and the running of a household, although girls from wealthier families were also instructed in accomplishments such as music and drawing. Even when girls' schools began to be founded some experts advised that domestic skills were preferable for adolescent girls (enabling them to care for their homes and families) but that academic work would be harmful to them.

The broader-based curriculum in use for much of the twentieth century was only introduced gradually, although what was perhaps rather adventurous was the introduction of swimming lessons in school time by the London School Board toward the end of the 19th century.

Physical description

Circular medal of cast and engraved silver, pierced with a circular hole at the top and inscribed with the winner's name, school details etc. Each side is engraved with a decorative circular border of leaves and berries on a serpentine stem.

Place of Origin

England (made)

Date

1812 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Cast and engraved silver

Marks and inscriptions

PRIZE MEDAL FOR ENGLISH GRAMMAR/ Gained by/ THOS. J. SERLE/
Christmas/ VACATION/ MDCCCXII
Obverse

TOOTING SCHOOL SURREY/ W LORD/ MASTER
Reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.9 cm, Thickness: 0.2 cm

Object history note

Philip Clement Gibbons Bequest

Descriptive line

Prize medal for English grammar, inscribed "Gained by THOs J SERLE Christmas VACATION MDCCCXII"; Silver; British, 1812

Materials

Silver

Techniques

Casting; Engraving

Subjects depicted

Prizes

Categories

Children & Childhood; Education & Learning

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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