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School attendance medal

School attendance medal

  • Place of origin:

    United Kingdom (made)

  • Date:

    1903 (inscribed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Pressed metal alloy

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Ted Haley

  • Museum number:

    MISC.1169-1991

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This attendance medal is one of only a few in the museum's collections to come from an independent religious educational institution. Many of the surviving examples were awarded by the School Board of London and the London County Council. The School Board of London had introduced its Queen Victoria medal in 1887 as an incentive for full and punctual attendance: such attendance by a pupil was by no means always common. Few treatments were available for childhood illnesses, and parents would often keep a child (particularly a girl) home from school to look after younger siblings if the mother was ill, giving birth or doing paid work. The medal scheme continued during the reigns of Edward VII and George V, but by 1916 it had been halted as a resource saving measure of World War I.

Physical description

Of silver-coloured metal, the circular medal hangs from a silver-coloured hooked bar, the front of which is decorated with scrolling ornament and flowers. The obverse of the medal has two rectangular cartouches and is inscribed with the school's and the holder's names and the date. The reverse is ornamented with a garland of laurel leaves and flowers around the edge, and is inscribed with scrolling ornament.

Place of Origin

United Kingdom (made)

Date

1903 (inscribed)

Artist/maker

Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Pressed metal alloy

Marks and inscriptions

WESTMINSTER JEWS' FREE SCHOOL/ LIONEL LEHMAN/ 1903

FULL ATTENDANCE

Dimensions

Diameter: 4.5 cm medal only

Object history note

Given by Ted Haley (RF 85/514)

Descriptive line

Medal hanging from matching bar; awarded to Lionel Lehman at Westminster Jews' Free School for full attendance; UK, 1903

Materials

Metal alloy

Techniques

Pressing

Subjects depicted

Prizes

Categories

Children & Childhood; Education & Learning

Production Type

Mass produced

Collection

Museum of Childhood

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