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Bound volume - English 1918 - 1919
  • English 1918 - 1919
    Bishop, Adrian Percy, born 1886 - died 1975
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English 1918 - 1919

  • Object:

    Bound volume

  • Place of origin:

    Barcombe (made)

  • Date:

    1919 - 1924 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bishop, Adrian Percy, born 1886 - died 1975 (collector)
    Barcombe School (patron)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Handwritten pages with card and cloth binding

  • Credit Line:

    Given by John Guyatt

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This hand-bound volume contains three exercise books from three different pupils at Barcombe School, Sussex. They were brought together by the school's Headteacher, Adrian Percy Bishop.
Covering the years 1918 to 1924, the exercise books record in detail the daily life of village children, and how they gained knowledge of the wider world through education and activities. They offer a valuable resource for understanding children's experience immediately after the First World War, and how they were trained to think and write about themselves and others.

Physical description

Hard-backed volume covered in red cloth, with painted red and black spine. 'English 1918 - 1919' is written in gold on the spine. The volume is made up of three thick exercise books, from different students, hand sewn together.
The cover of the first book remains, and is labelled 'G. Farenden, Writing, April 8th 1918'. It contains many writing exercises, including dictations, correspondence, and descriptive pieces about school and home life, including:
Descriptions of the pet rabbit.
Descriptions of the school poultry.
The arrival of the new Master, and how he established elections by secret ballot for school prefects.
Holiday in Brighton, where things were dear and the shops were empty.
An afternoon spent blackberry picking.
Includes a number of press cuttings about the German surrender of their navy at the end of the war.

The work is completed in a flowing roundhand with ink, and has been marked in coloured pencil by the teacher. This section also includes a number of weather charts and graphs, often made using squares of coloured paper composited over time.

The next book starts in 1921, and was written by a female student. The work takes a similar form as above, with compositions of varying lengths interspersed with grammar exercises and spelling corrections. The work includes pieces on:
History, culture and geography of India, Australia, Canada and New Zealand
A Sunday school outing to Brighton (lead by Miss Hewitt)
Description of a friend called Elsie Bryant
The story of a pin
Oliver Twist (several week's work)
Poems and stories about Christmas (into 1922)
Civil war history
Daily life being cold, ostrich farm, washing up

The final book starts on Wednesday 20 June 1923, and comprises 158 numbered pages. Overlaps with work in the previous book. Probably written by May Turner of Hayes Farm, Barcombe
Includes newspaper cuttings from Cerro Negro volcano eruption (Nicaragua) – also Pompeii
Many notes about chickens
Lawn tennis
Leonardo de Vinci and Michelangelo
Perseus and Andromeda
Holidays in Croydon and London, describing journeys and adventures on the Underground's moving staircases
Holiday in Gypsy Caravan
Abraham Lincoln
French 'La Marseillaise'
Studies of Amsterdam, Switzerland, Canada and Australia
History of the railways
Empire Day 1924

Place of Origin

Barcombe (made)


1919 - 1924 (made)


Bishop, Adrian Percy, born 1886 - died 1975 (collector)
Barcombe School (patron)

Materials and Techniques

Handwritten pages with card and cloth binding


Height: 20.8 cm, Width: 18.2, Thickness: 3 cm

Object history note

The compiler of this volume was Adiran Percy Bishop, Headmaster of Barcombe School from 1918 to the 1930s. He also taught the lessons which are recorded in these books: he has initialled his marking throughout. Barcombe school was a village Elementary school in East Sussex of about 140 students.
Geroge Farenden, the pupil who wrote the first book, was born in Barcombe in 1906. On the 1911 census, he is recorded as living with his mother and father (a railway porter) and six of his eight siblings. He would have been 12 at the date of the book.

Descriptive line

Exercise books containing work of three pupils at Barcombe School, Sussex, 1918 - 1924


Paper; Ink; Card; Cloth


Handwriting; Drawing; Binding


Children & Childhood; Education & Learning

Production Type



Museum of Childhood

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