|This magic lantern slide shows a class of young schoolchildren standing in rows, taking part in an exercise drill. They are holding small weights. The image was taken at Pelham Street Infants’ school, an annexe of York Place school. Although this slide was probably produced by the Municipal Training College, York Place, for teaching purposes, it suggests current thinking regarding pupil Welfare.|
Times change – not always for the better
Several things struck me about this nostalgic image; firstly that the children were all very well dressed even though this school was not in an affluent area. Also, unlike a typical class in a modern school, none of the children appear overweight; I do not believe the same could be said of their contemporary counterparts.
Pelham Street Infant School Drill 1909
Royal Pavilion & Museums Brighton & Hove