The Portman Collection – part ten: The appliance of science

Image 33: Working hard on something academic, at desks so many of us will remember. Anyone recognise the pupils working hard? Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

In the tenth and sadly penultimate serialised article of what will turn out to be a series of eleven, here’s the next batch of photos from Walsall Wood Secondary School in the 1950s  as introduced in this blog post here – sadly, these images don’t have notes, so contributions are most welcome, as ever.

This set (again, I’ve gone slightly out of order – you’ll see why in the last group next week) features mainly academic stuff and science lessons – but I’m sure some folk will be recognised and the images are so universal they’ll bring memories flooding back for all readers.

Thanks to Tony Portman who generously granted access to a remarkable collection, and to David Evans for scanning them so diligently. People like you gentlemen are keeping local history alive. Thank you.

Please, any comments, contributions or observations welcome. Either comment here, or mail me: BrownhillsBob at Googlemail dot com.

Image 34: This is one of my favourite photos of the set. Does anyone know who this elegant lady is and where the science lab was? Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Image 28: No goggles or lab coats back then, but good practice for cooking up some … home made concoctions later. Anyone remember the… pyrotechnic fun to be had with a weedkiller recipe? Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

Image 39: So the hall, which featured the gym classes and footy team (note the hoops hanging at the back and the vaulting horse, supporting actor in the previous set) was also for dining. Oh my, the jugs, Arcoroc glasses and cruet. Anyone recognise the pupils and dinner staff featured, please? Photo generously supplied by Tony Portman via David Evans. Click for a larger version.

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2 Responses to The Portman Collection – part ten: The appliance of science

  1. Clive says:

    Thank you for your lovely collection of photo’s Tony, and not forgeting Bob too.

  2. Ken Massey says:

    At last I have found time to sit down and write a comment on one of the photographs on the tenth posting of Tony Pittman’s collection. I had wondered where this one had gone, the photograph in the science lab. It is funny how I struggle to remember what happened last week and this photograph is so clear which must be in the region of 60 years old. From left to right Peter O’Neal from Friesland Lane, myself Ken Massey from Walsall Wood Road and the young ladies in the background, looking on is Margaret Bailey of Castle Hill Road. I hate to dispel David’s description of the appliance of science but it was all rigged for the camera. I did love my science and especially if it was combined with natural history, wild horses would not have kept me away. Nearing the end of my working life I did find myself working in a.lab but that is another story. Many thanks to Tony, David and Brownhillbob for your excellent work.

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