Students in a sewing class at Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science, 1931. Sewing was one of the subjects taught on the "Engaged Girls' Course", popularly known as the "Brides' Course", where future wives were taught how to run a family home.
The purpose of the College was to provide training for domestic science teachers and to provide instruction to the general public (including young women seeking to go into domestic service). The latter were allowed to study for diplomas in single subjects such as needlework or cookery, but from 1910 diplomas were only awarded for complete courses.
Samples of materials used in sewing classes, along with recipes, etc from cookery classes, can be found in the Queen's College Special Collection at Glasgow Caledonian University. A number of deposited collections by former students, such as the Christina W Bell Collection, also contain notes and artefacts from the early days of domestic science education.
Reference: GB 1847 QC
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow Caledonian University, Research Collections, Archives
Brides' Course, Christina W Bell Collection, colleges, cookery, Dough School, Engaged Girls' Course, Glasgow and West of Scotland College of Domestic Science, Glasgow Caledonian University, home economics, neelework, Queen's College Special Collection, recipes, sewing, students, teacher training, women