Rough workbooks

Scope and Content

A series of 18 rough workbooks used by Delia Derbyshire over a five-year period at Barr's Hill School. The first four of these are devoted to mathematics, containing rough workings and exercises. The remainder of them contain notes on a range of subjects, including English, French, Latin, history, maths and science. Most of them are labelled by Derbyshire with the form she was in when she started them, although these labels do not always match up with dates inside the books. The volumes (all soft bound exercise books) are as follows (with Derbyshire's original titles where these are included):

  • /1 "Arithmetic, Geometry and Algebra Rough Book": Upper III form [ca. 1948/9]. Covers detached and damaged.
  • /2 "Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry" [ca. 1950].
  • /3 Rough maths workbook: form IV [ca. 1950-1951].
  • /4 Rough maths workbook: form V (1952). Includes two loose inserts.
  • /5 "Domestic Science": forms IV-V. The content does not match the label, and this is in fact a rough workbook containing notes on a range of subjects [ca. 1948/9].
  • /6 Rough workbook: Lower IV form (1950).
  • /7 Rough workbook: Lower IV form [ca. 1950/51].
  • /8 Rough workbook: Lower IV form [ca. 1950/51].
  • /9 Rough workbook: Lower IV form [ca. 1950/51].
  • /10 Rough workbook: Lower and Upper IV Form [ca. 1951].
  • /11 Rough workbook: Upper IV form [ca. 1951].
  • /12 Rough workbook: Upper IV form [ca. 1951/2].
  • /13 Rough workbook: form V [ca. 1951/2]. Includes four loose sheets, and stored with loose cover from another exercise book of the same format.
  • /14 "Rough Note Book": Upper IV form (1952).
  • /15 Rough workbook: form V (1952). Includes one loose insert.
  • /16 Rough workbook: form V [ca. 1952/3].
  • /17 Rough workbook: undated. Covers are fragile and torn. Includes eight loose inserts.
  • /18 Rough workbook: undated. Covers are missing. Includes one loose insert.