The Museum, Denstone College

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Date:January 1920 - December 1929 (c.)

Description:A small museum was created in 1876, when the collection was placed in a small room opening off the Great Schoolroom. In 1892 the room was enlarged and re-arranged by Mr A. A. Armstrong, who was curator for many years. The museum contained objects given by Denstonians in various parts of the world.

Denstone College was begun in 1868 and opened in 1873 as St. Chad's College with 46 boys. It was designed by William Slater and R.C. Carpenter in a Gothic style. The Chapel was built in 1879-87 and the Hall in 1888-91.

Denstone College was the first Woodard school in the Midlands. The Rev. Nathanial Woodard was a Victorian philanthropist who wanted to achieve 'the union of classes by a common system of education'. He founded a number of schools aimed at benefiting a wide range of people, particularly the poorer middle classes.

Photograph by Alfred McCann of Uttoxeter.


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Boxing match, Denstone College
Boxing match, Denstone College

Denstone College was begun in 1868 and opened in 1873 as St. Chad's College with ...

The Big Schoolroom, Denstone College, Denstone
The Big Schoolroom, Denstone College, Denstone

The Big Schoolroom was 130 feet long with a master's desk at each end so two classes ...

Photography class, Denstone College
Photography class, Denstone College

Boys and teacher taking photographs at Denstone College. Building at Denstone ...

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Image courtesy of: Mrs G.S. McCann

Donor ref:P76.041.09717 (37/42850)

Source: Staffordshire Museum Service

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