"Bolton School was such a large part of my life. I can safely say that I would not be doing what I do for a living if it wasn’t for the vibrant arts scene at the school and the encouragement that I was given."

Neil Eckersley, Former Pupil and Theatre Producer

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Scenes from the Past

We have a vast collection of archive photographs which offer an intriguing insight into what life was like at Bolton School for previous generations.  Each week, on our Facebook page and Twitter and Instagram accounts, we take a look back into the archive and share a School photograph. We also regularly update our archive photos on this page.

We would be very glad to receive and share your School photographs; please post them to the Development Office or email them to development@boltonschool.org

Bolton School facade pre-1950sBolton School facade pre-1950sTurrets, Trees and Trams
Bill Jary 1935Bill Jary 1935Head of Science, Air Raid Warden
Trip to RussiaTrip to RussiaSt Petersburg and Moscow April 2001
OBAFCOBAFCThe Old Boltonians FC feature in tobacco card from 1936
Girls' Division Production 1938Girls' Division Production 1938Hiawatha Wedding Feast
TechnologyTechnologyOB built a plane in 1945: They reached space in 2014!
Boys' Division Boys' Division Boxing in the School gym
1930 Glacier Trip1930 Glacier TripWalk on a Swiss Glacier
Iron Man vs Annual Interhouse RaceIron Man vs Annual Interhouse RaceOld Boys being competitive runners!
Boys' Division Lion ProjectBoys' Division Lion ProjectBoys show their creativity
London School Trip 1972 London School Trip 1972 Girls' Division Lower Fifth in London
Bolton School: Pre-1880Bolton School: Pre-1880Old pictures of School
Girls' Division 1996-97Girls' Division 1996-97Trips and Activities
Glendevon Youth Hostel - Christmas/New Years 1957Glendevon Youth Hostel - Christmas/New Years 1957Pupils relaxing on a 1957 hiking trip led by Butch Ingham
Girls' Division - Summer 1974Girls' Division - Summer 1974Girls' Division Pupils set off to tackle the Pennine Way!
The Old Boys' Association The Old Boys' Association Members Card and Rules from 1954
Boys' Division Tuck ShopBoys' Division Tuck ShopSarsaparillas and dandelion and burdock dispensed out of stone barrels
Medals Galore 2001/02Medals Galore 2001/02Swimming and Cross-Country Success for the Under 11s
The Pirates of Penzance Production in 1976The Pirates of Penzance Production in 1976Old Boys star in the brilliant production!
Mini Le Mans Pedal Car Race - 1981Mini Le Mans Pedal Car Race - 1981Girls' Division race to raise money for Dr Barnardos
Hair-raising fun 1985Hair-raising fun 1985Fun with the Van de Graff Generator
At Your ServiceAt Your ServiceMemories of Sergeants
1950s Prospectus1950s ProspectusQuotes from the Handbook for Parents
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionDomestic Science School Book
Boys' Division 1998Boys' Division 1998Budding Scientists
Love across the DivideLove across the DivideMarjorie and Harold Rothera, Susan and David Haslam and Carole and Alex Hiltons
House Day MemoriesHouse Day MemoriesHouse Day in 1910, 1992, 2005 and 2007
Youth HostellingYouth HostellingLake District 1962
The Importance of Being Earnest 1987The Importance of Being Earnest 1987starring Lisa Croasdale, Julia Finch and Roger Morlidge
Boys DivisionBoys DivisionSports Day
Girls' Division 1932Girls' Division 1932Gymnastics A Division
Sportsman's Dinner 2007Sportsman's Dinner 200711 former Captains of 1st XV, one stand in and a proud but ageing coach!
Marathon Scottish Dance 1977Marathon Scottish Dance 1977Sixth Form girls danced for 24 hours
Scout Camps in the 50sScout Camps in the 50sDevon 1951 and Scotland 1953
HockeyHockey1963-64 and 1983-84
Boys' Division 1989Boys' Division 1989Sixth Formers and Mastermind runners-up
Boys' Division 1982-83Boys' Division 1982-83The Choir in full voice
Girls' DivisionGirls' Division1983-84 Award Winners
Girls' Division Girls' Division Late 50s/Early 60s
Cautley - May 1982Cautley - May 1982Fun on the Hills
Boys' Division 1981Boys' Division 1981Badminton, The Government Inspector and Mrs Foster
Lit and Deb Society 1979Lit and Deb Society 1979This House Would Drastically Curb Trade Union Power
Drama in 1990 Drama in 1990 Oliver! and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Sir Arthur Henry RostronSir Arthur Henry RostronCaptain of RMS Carpathia
Girls' Division Staff RoomGirls' Division Staff RoomTeachers enjoying a break!
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionLunch in the Dining Room
Girls' Division SergeantsGirls' Division Sergeants'Bullet' is on the right
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionMiss Hyde's Form 1944-45
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionJunior Orchestra 1961-62
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionCrompton House 1945/46/47
Girls' Division 1980 - Staff Computer LessonGirls' Division 1980 - Staff Computer LessonFar left: Miss Margaret Dickinson; far right: Mrs Pat Fairweather and Mrs Janet Thatcher
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionBiology Class 1945
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionPacking parcels for charity 1973
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionMini Le Mans 24-hour race 1982
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionPrefects 1946
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionSwimming Team 1993
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionWinners at the British Schools' Orienteering Championships 2002
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionNetball Team 1963
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionLacrosse Lesson 1963
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionLacrosse Team 1963
Girls' DivisionGirls' DivisionRounders Team 1963
The Stage Crew 1951The Stage Crew 1951Leonard Ross's Stage Crew
Arms and The Man 1955Arms and The Man 1955Miss Pilburys' Girls' Division Drama Production
Monitors vs Prefects RoundersMonitors vs Prefects RoundersMonitors vs Prefects Rounders 1965
Archaeological Society late 50sArchaeological Society late 50sArchaeological Society
Performing Arts Festival 1998Performing Arts Festival 1998Carmen Waterworth, Suzanne Lewis, Fahreen Mughal and Victoria Wilcock, Lydia Hardiman
Tennis And Football in 1954 & 1955Tennis And Football in 1954 & 1955Tennis 1954-55 feat. Captain Yvonne Lowe (nee Conroy) and First Football XI 1954 starring David Lowe, Alan Hardy and Graham Chetsers
Norway Trek Camp 1966Norway Trek Camp 1966sent in by Roger Dobson
1976 Memories1976 Memories1976 Memories
1976 Memories1976 Memories1976 Memories
1986 Memories1986 Memories1986 Memories
School in 1996School in 1996School in 1996
Class of 2006 memoriesClass of 2006 memoriesClass of 2006 memories
OB Captain Rostron and The Sinking of the TitanicOB Captain Rostron and The Sinking of the TitanicOG Anne Edward's Grandfather was in the same form as Sir Arthur Rostron
Class of 1996 MemoriesClass of 1996 MemoriesClass of 1996 Memories
1982 Joint Opera Hansel and Gretel1982 Joint Opera Hansel and Gretel1982 Joint Opera Hansel and Gretel
The Visit - 2006 - Directed by Mrs SowerbyThe Visit - 2006 - Directed by Mrs SowerbyThe Visit - 2006 - Directed by Mrs Sowerby
Girls' Division Science Lab in 1966Girls' Division Science Lab in 1966Girls' Division Science Lab in 1966
Old Boy Nigel Short returns to SchoolOld Boy Nigel Short returns to SchoolOld Boy Nigel Short returns to School
The First Non-Uniform Day 1990The First Non-Uniform Day 1990The First Non-Uniform Day 1990
Science Challenge Runners Up 1996Science Challenge Runners Up 1996Science Challenge Runners Up 1996
Cantores Novi 2000Cantores Novi 2000Cantores Novi 2000
Saundersfoot 1999 Second Form CampSaundersfoot 1999 Second Form CampSaundersfoot 1999 Second Form Camp
The Little Shop of Horrors and WitchesThe Little Shop of Horrors and WitchesThe Little Shop of Horrors and Witches
Olympic Torch 2012Olympic Torch 2012Olympic Torch 2012
The Bartered Bride 1964The Bartered Bride 1964The Bartered Bride 1964
School in 1935School in 1935School in 1935
Trips c. 1999 Patterdale, Slapton, Hadrian's WallTrips c. 1999 Patterdale, Slapton, Hadrian's WallTrips c. 1999 Patterdale, Slapton, Hadrian's Wall
Devon and Instow Camp 1981Devon and Instow Camp 1981Devon and Instow Camp 1981
Germany Trip 1950/51Germany Trip 1950/51Germany Trip 1950/51 shared by Joan Givers ( nee Short)
1979 Life in the Girls' Division1979 Life in the Girls' Division1979 Life in the Girls' Division
View of the School in 1935View of the School in 1935View of the School in 1935
Who Stole the Tarts - 1984 - Third Form DramaWho Stole the Tarts - 1984 - Third Form DramaSuzanne Lambert and Siobhan Farrington
Boys' Division Activities in 2001Boys' Division Activities in 2001Boys' Division Activities in 2001
Girls' Division Ski trip to Austria 50 years agoGirls' Division Ski trip to Austria 50 years agoGirls' Division Ski trip to Austria 50 years ago
1958-59 1st XI Football Team shared by Old Boy Brian Holt1958-59 1st XI Football Team shared by Old Boy Brian Holt1958-59 1st XI Football Team shared by Old Boy Brian Holt
Beech House with Mrs Clapperton circa 1960Beech House with Mrs Clapperton circa 1960Beech House with Mrs Clapperton circa 1960
Girls' Division 47 years ago - Staff RoomGirls' Division 47 years ago - Staff RoomGirls' Division 47 years ago - Staff Room
Cricket Memories - 1st XI of 1970Cricket Memories - 1st XI of 1970Cricket Memories - 1st XI of 1970
 Junior Camp, Grasmere Junior Camp, GrasmereShared by Old Boy Brian Holt (Class of 1959) featuring Mr Alan Mitchell and Mr Still
Theatre in Education CourseTheatre in Education CourseLower Sixth 16 years ago
Early 1930s DramaEarly 1930s Drama Early 1930s Drama
1977 Open Day Collage1977 Open Day Collage1977 Open Day Collage
Witches and Wizards collage Beech House 1975Witches and Wizards collage Beech House 1975Witches and Wizards collage Beech House 1975
Bolton School Steam Roller Group Bolton School Steam Roller Group Parbold and Quaker House Colliery
Music, Drama & Dressing Up Music, Drama & Dressing Up Music, Drama & Dressing Up - 10 years ago in the Boys' Division
Girls' Gymnastics in 1932Girls' Gymnastics in 1932Girls' Gymnastics in 1932
Easter Trek Camp to Madrid 1954Easter Trek Camp to Madrid 1954Cllifford 'Butch' Ingham with pupils on the return journey in France
Hot Air Balloon Society 1988Hot Air Balloon Society 1988The first and last meeting!