Gymnastics & Dance

Scope and Content

Contains photographs of Bedford Physical Training College students performing gymnastics and dance. The images are a combination of informal photographs of students practising in the College gardens and formal demonstrations usually performed in the College gymnasium for the annual Demonstration Day which took place at the end of the academic year in front of parents and visitors.
The images show the development of dance and gymnastics at the College over the twentieth-century and reflect the influences of Revived Greek Dance, Rudolf Laban, modern dance and Per Henrik Ling and Niels Bukh in gymnastics and the emergence of rhythmic gymnastics and sports acrobatics.