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Nunsthorpe School Photograph Exhibition

Over 400 images depicting life at Nunsthorpe School, Grimsby, between the 1930s and 1950s, goes on display at Grimsby Central Library throughout May.

This is the first time that the vast collection of images taken from both negatives and prints has been shown after they were donated to Lincs Inspire Local History Library in 2022 by the Garden City Reminiscence group.

They show school life, sports day, Rose Queen ceremonies, school open days and the more formal class group photos. All the photos were most likely taken by one of the teachers, Mr Harold Hillam.

Anna Murphy from Lincs Inspire Libraries has scanned all the negatives from the collection along with many of the prints for documenting and for future generations.

Thanks to this donation it is by far the most represented school in our photograph collection. It provides such a fantastic insight into school life with some very candid photographs. My favourite is Negative 183 – I have no idea what’s happened behind the camera but it makes me smile every time!

Anna Murphy, Lincs Inspire Libraries

The photographs are being displayed throughout May – Local History Month – within Grimsby Local History Library, at Grimsby Library. Visitors are welcome to browse the collection and the library welcomes anyone to inform them of any unknown names so they too can be documented and recorded.

Additionally, on Wednesday, June 5, the library’s Memory Lane group will be discussing and viewing the collection. Anyone is welcome to attend and to reminisce. It is hoped a mini-reunion of past pupils will gather. This session takes place at Grimsby Central Library at 10:30am to 12 noon.

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