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The Girls' School Archive 22 Nov 2007
Manchester High School in 1899. Adela Pankhurst, the youngest of the Pankhurst sisters, is on the front row, third from the left.
Creating an archive of what life was like in Victorian & Edwardian schools

A hundred years ago, girls at some of Britain’s most elite schools were taught not only to locate the Dardanelles on the map, but also how to iron shirt cuffs. The Girls’ School Association is building up an archive of photographs and written records to show what life was like for girls in Edwardian and Victorian times – many of them getting an education for the first time. Manchester High School for Girls – whose old girls include all three Pankhurst sisters, and the author Angela Brazil - is one of those involved in the project. As Clare Jenkins reports, it had a reputation for academic excellence ahead of its time.

Photograph courtesy of Manchester High School for Girls

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