Set XXXIV (1935-1938)

Scope and Content

Black album containing 107 photographs of Bedford Physical Training College students participating in college life. It is likely that the album was presented to the College by the students of Set XXXIV as a record of their time at the College. Individual pages are captioned but only staff featured in the album are named. The final page of the album carries the names of students from Set XXXIV.

The images show students relaxing over tea parties and picnics, punting on the river Great Ouse, cycling, building snowmen, practising first aid and fire drill; cricket, hockey, lacrosse, netball, swimming and tennis teams; scenes from May Day celebrations at Ickwell and Ickwell House and garden (owned by Lieutenant-Colonel George Hayward Wells); scenes from the Festival of Youth held at the Empire Stadium, Wembley on 3 July 1937 including setting off, arrival, rehearsal and performance; views of various college buildings including the laboratory, the new cloakroom, gardens, houses in Lansdowne Road, view from the roof of 37 Lansdowne Road, Dynevor Road from the flats at 9 Dynevor Road, and the interior of several student bedrooms; groups of schoolchildren taking physical exercise or playing in the school yard from Queen's Park Boys School and Rushmoor School in Bedford and a nursery school in Northampton.

The album also appears to have images taken for a College-run photographic competition on the theme of 'motion' showing students demonstrating dance poses and leaping. See also PH 7/10 for similar images.

A Dancing Programme for 1938 is pasted into the album and is accompanied by images of Senior students from Set XXXIV performing the dances listed in the programme.