Countdown to Peace – an exhibition for WW1

6 days until Armistice

A school during wartime

Maintaining normal school routines must have been very difficult during the War.  Staff from all areas joined up or were conscripted, leaving the operational side very short-handed, while the teaching staff were replaced by much older, retired teachers or academics from Oxford who had never taught young boys at all.  Parents struggled to find fees, with their own staff or fathers at the Front and rising inflation.

Today we feature: Radley College Revenue Account for the year ending 31 December 1915. The accounts list many boys whose fees were in arrears.  Note the new technology: the College now has a telephone, typewriters and a gas works.