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Dennistoun Public School

Glasgow City Archives, Department of Education

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Dennistoun Public School

A writing lesson in Dennistoun Public School on Meadowpark Street in 1916. The children are writing with chalk on cumbersome rotating blackboards. The dividing wall which runs left to right across this photograph was a common feature in Glasgow School Board schools. The folded barrier at the left of the image (partially hidden by posters) could be drawn across to create two smaller classrooms.

In 1908 School Boards were empowered to provide books and other classroom materials free of charge to all pupils, although the Glasgow Board continued to supply only to "necessitous cases". At Dennistoun at least, it seems that chalks and blackboards were preferred to pencils and jotters for practicing writing skills.

Reference: D-ED 5/26/5

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Keywords:
blackboards, children, classrooms, Dennistoun Public School, Glasgow School Board, primary schools, pupils, teachers, women, writing lessons



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