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School Attendance Medal

1903 (inscribed)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pressed metal alloy
Brief Description
Medal hanging from matching bar; awarded to Lionel Lehman at Westminster Jews' Free School for full attendance; UK, 1903
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.
Dimensions
  • Medal only diameter: 4.5cm
Production typeMass produced
Marks and Inscriptions
  • WESTMINSTER JEWS' FREE SCHOOL/ LIONEL LEHMAN/ 1903
  • FULL ATTENDANCE
Credit line
Given by Ted Haley
Object history
Given by Ted Haley (RF 85/514)
Subject depicted
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession Number
MISC.1169-1991

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