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  • Place of origin:

    UK (made)

  • Date:

    1942-52 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Wolsey (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Knitted jersey fabric, elastic

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Susan Pittman

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The earliest school uniforms were those of the charity schools, where they reminded the pupils of their dependence on the generosity of others. At non-charity schools, many of them founded in the nineteenth century, pupils usually had no uniforms, but wore their own clothes. From the late 19th century onward, such schools began to adopt complete uniforms in their own colours, often with a motto and school song, to give pupils a sense of school identity. Competition between schools at sport had popularised the wearing of identifying colours and garments by the teams, and many of the uniform garments were derived from sportswear, including gymslips, ties, scarves, caps and blazers.

Physical description

Girl's school uniform knickers of navy blue machine-knitted jersey fabric with a double gusset at the crotch, and elasticated waist and legs.

Place of Origin

UK (made)


1942-52 (made)


Wolsey (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Knitted jersey fabric, elastic


Length: 32.5 cm centre back

Object history note

Worn by the donor, Susan Pittman née Mills, and marked with her name tape. Susan attended Hollington Park School for Young Ladies, a boarding school for girls in St Leonards on Sea.
(RF 88/1943)

Descriptive line

Girl's navy blue school uniform knickers; Wolsey brand made in the UK under the 'Utility' scheme, 1942-52

Production Note

Utility Scheme


Jersey; Elastic


Machine knitting


Children & Childhood; Education & Learning; Children's clothes

Production Type

Mass produced


Museum of Childhood

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