Gems from the Collection

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Some examples of interesting items in the archives.

Peace medal 1929. Medal commemorating the contribution of Gresham’s School to the F.I.A.C., the international peacekeeping congress held in Belgrade in 1929.

Peace medal
Peace medal

Rev Reginald Roberts’ cricket bat. Cricket bat belonging to headmaster Rev. R.J. Roberts inscribed from the masters and scholars of Gresham’s Grammar School 1873. Donated by a descendant, Roger O’Dell.

Rev. R.J. Roberts’ cricket bat

1910 nature notebook. This beautifully illustrated book won George Goodall (Howson’s 1908-12) the hobby prize for that year. Sadly, he was one of the many OGs to lose their lives in World War I.

Goodall's notebook
Goodall’s notebook

Handwriting book 1812. Exercise book with examples of handwriting by pupil John Vale.

John Vale’s handwriting book

DSC medal. Distinguished Service Cross awarded to OG George Wilfred Holt (Howson’s 1926-30) for service in Sicily in 1943, with the citation and a portrait. Donated by his sister Joan Cunningham.

George Holt's medal
George Holt’s medal

James Bond books The Spy who loved me and From Russia with Love. Two of the nine Bond covers painted by OG Richard Chopping (OSH & K 1928-35)

Illuminated book 1933. Book of 600 signatures presented to leaving headmaster J.R. Eccles as a tribute by Old Greshamians to his 100 terms of service.

Silver and enamel key presented to Sir George Milne at the opening of the School Library 21st June 1931. Purchased by the OG Club. Photograph showing Sir George with headmaster J.R. Eccles.


Sir George Milne’s key