"When I return to Bolton School to talk to pupils about entrepreneurship, my message is to 'go for it'. This is an attitude that I had instilled in me during my time at the school where my curiosity was fuelled and I became interested in ideas."

Caroline Plumb - CEO of Fresh Minds and youngest woman on Management Today's '35 under 35' list

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Archives and Memories

Old Boys and Old Girls can view copies of The Boltonian and The Girls' Division Magazine from the 1990s onwards at our online archive here.  

The photos shown in this section mostly come from the personal collections of former pupils and staff. If you have any material you would like to share, please send a digital copy by e-mail to development@boltonschool.org. If you are unable to do this, you can always send your photographs in to the Development Office and we can scan any old photographs and return them to you.

Miss Higginson

In memory of Miss Higginson, who was Headmistress of the Girls' Division between 1954 and 1979, the Old Girls' Association will be publishing a five part biography online. If any Old Girl (or indeed anyone else) would like to offer further reminiscences or anecdotes about Margaret we should be very glad to receive them.  Please send them...

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...

From Torpedoes to the Sound of Music

In spring 2015, Old Boy Malcolm Howe (1948-1956) produced a pamphlet detailing the unlikely connections between Old Boy and inventor of the torpedo Robert Whitehead (1823-1905) and the original von Trapp family singers.  His research, by pure chance, coincided exactly with the School's most recent production of The Sound of Music.  To download a...

Camps

Camps were first introduced to Bolton School in 1910 by the Headmaster, Mr Lipscomb. The first camp was at Filey and there have been camps in most years ever since. These have included sites at Abergele, Aber, Saundersfoot, Fairbourne, Llanbedrog, Grasmere, Howick and Instow. We have photos from some of these camps and would welcome wider coverage...

Aber Camp

Between the wars the School held a camp at Aber, on the North Wales coast, almost every year during the late June period of Bolton Holidays. The campers lived in bell tents and the cooking was done on a coal fired field range. The first camp was thrown into some doubt because of a national coal shortage. Over the years many staff helped to run the...

Agricultural Camps in the 1940s

Derek Rothwell (1938 - 1945) has written this account of the camp held at Mowbrek Hall Farm, Wesham, nr Kirkham. This camp was set up either in 1941 or 1942 and its function was to help bring in the harvest in Wartime Britain. It was part of the War Effort. The camp was held in August and we slept in bell tents - eight boys in a tent. A wooden...

Grasmere Camp

This camp was held at Bolton Holidays in Grasmere and was the annual camp of the Junior School. The 1935 photos are from Bernard Harrison's photograph album and were loaned for copying by his son Peter (PJH). You can spot the following as young men: F R Poskitt, Alan Walsh, Bernard Harrison, Pip Porter, Jack Howard as well as Messrs Sayers and...

The Haselden Album - Images of Bolton School

A unique insight into Bolton School in the 1930s has been brought to light by current pupils, George and Myles Blackwell, through a photo album which belonged to their grandfather, Myles Haselden. Myles Haselden was a former Governor and Chairman of the Boys’ Division, and the Haselden Room in the School was named after him. The photo album...

Hawick Camp

Can you help to identify the boys whose names are missing in the list below?     No. Name No. Name 1  Dave Powell 33  John Hodgkiss 2  Mike Taylor 34  Richard Eaton 3  Pete Smalley 35  Johnny Peters 4  Carl...

Memories of School

Old Boys and Old Girls of all ages enjoy sharing their memories of School with us, and with their fellow Alumni.  A selection of these stories are noted here.  Memories of the Junior Schools can be found here for Girls' Division, and here for Boys' Division.   If you would like to share your memories here, please contact the Development Office....