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RCS/Y3011U/138-269 contains:
138-176 Native Administration - State of Manya Krobo
177-192 Native Treasury - Northern Territories
193 The Old Achimotan's Association Night School, Kumasi
194-225 Achimota College, West Africa
226-234 Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] Government's School for senior boys (Tamale, Northern Territories)
235 EvG 62-24 Art students at work at Achimota College, Gold Coast Colony [i.e. Ghana]
236 EvG 71-7 Ceramic Research and pottery at Achimota College, Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana]
237 EvG 53-2 Wood carvings by art and craft students in training at Achimota College, Accra, Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana]
238 EvG Tile stackers at work at Achimota College, Gold Coast Colony [i.e. Ghana]
239 EvG 62-29 Modelling of a mask at Achimota College Accra, Gold Coast Colony [i.e. Ghana]
240 EvG 53-8 Puppett [sic] show made entirely by students of Achimota College, Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana]
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Institute of Education Collection

Title Achimota College, West Africa
Reference Y3011U/194-225
Creator Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Ministry of Information, West African Photographic Service
Covering Dates circa 1945
Extent and Medium 32 images
Content and context

A series of British Official photographs (Crown Copyright Reserved) measuring 255 x 210 mm. They each have the following typewritten caption on the reverse:

'Achimota College, in the Gold Coast seven miles inland from Accra is West Africa's great co-educational boarding school, where 600 West African boys and girls receive as complete an education as European or American children. It is a secondary school, teacher's training college and university rolled into one, and in planning, design and equipment it bears comparison with any educational institution anywhere. Its erection in 1925 cost £660,000 and its maintenance costs are £50,000 annually. It possesses a swimming pool, extensive playing fields, a nature reserve, a demonstration farm and a model village for the college employees. It also has its own hospital, museum, library and printing press. The students live in residential blocks spaced round the grounds, each holding 60 students and divided into 4 dormitories'.

Presented in 1984 by the Institute of Education.

Further information

These form part of a long series, for details of which see Y30448H. 26 of these photographs are duplicated in that collection.

Indexed

Index Terms
Africa
Ghana
Greater Accra Region
Ministry of Information. West African Photographic Service
RCS/Y3011U/194-225 contains:
194 The Administration Block. General view of the building. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'On the ground floor are the Staff Common Room, and the offices of the Principal, the Assistant to the Principal and the Bursar; on the first floor are the Library and Museum; on the second floor is the Chapel. Pupils are seen dispersing to classrooms after morning chapel'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
195 The Principal, the Rev. R.W. Stopford, M.A. Portrait showing the Revd. Robert Wright Stopford (1901-1976) seated at his desk in his office. The typewritten caption continues 'formerly Principal of Trinity College, Kandy, Ceylon and before that Senior History Master at Cundle [sic]'. Stopford taught at Oundle from 1925-34, was Principal of Trinity College from 1935-41, and Principal of Achimota 1941-45. He was later Bishop of Fulham (1955-56), Peterborough (1956-61) and London (1961-73).
Good condition..
circa 1945
196 One of the Assistants to the Principal, Mr. J.R. Marshall who has been on the staff of the College since 1929. Portrait of J.R. Marshall seated at his desk. The typewritten caption on the reverse continues 'and is in charge of Post-Matriculation classes and the Teacher Training Department'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
197 One of the Assistants to the Principal, Mr. H.C. Neill. Portrait of H.C. Neill seated at his desk. The typewritten caption on the reverse continues 'who has been on the staff since 1926 and is in charge of the Secondary Department'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
198 An informal group of the College Staff. Group portrait of Achimota staff seated round a table.
Good condition..
circa 1945
199 The day at Achimota College begins with morning prayer. View looking along the chapel during morning prayers.
Good condition..
circa 1945
200 A class in the Teacher Training Department. The typewritten caption on the reverse continues 'with a European Method giving individual instruction to a future teacher'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
201 A class in the Teacher Training Department. The typewritten caption on the reverse continues 'with a European Method giving individual instruction to a future teacher'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
202 [Geography lesson, Achimota College, c.1945]. Showing a teacher and pupils gathered around a globe.
Good condition, tear in bottom of print..
circa 1945
203 Teachers in Training arriving on the College lorry at one of the primary schools in Accra. The typewritten caption on the reverse continues 'seven miles from the college, where they do their teaching practice'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
204 The Junior Chemistry Laboratory. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'All pupils take Central Science as part of their course'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
205 A demonstration experiment in the Junior Chemistry Laboratory. Showing pupils watching a teacher perform an experiment.
Good condition..
circa 1945
206 The Biology Laboratory. Showing pupils performing experiments during a biology lesson. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'In an Agricultural country, Biology forms an essential part of the Science Course'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
207 The Teacher Training Department. The African Hygiene teacher gives instruction in human anatomy. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'Knowledge of this kind is most important in combatting local superstitious beliefs about disease'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
208 A Senior Housecraft Teacher, and one of her African Assistants. Showing the teacher and her African assistant in conversation.
Good condition..
circa 1945
209 All girl pupils learn Housecraft at Achimota College, Dressmaking is important. Showing girls at work in a dressmaking class. The typewritten caption on the reverse continues 'the girls greatly enjoy it and make themselves most attractive garments'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
210 The Housecraft Department. Showing an African assistant demonstrating food selection to two pupils. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'The selection of food is as important as preparing it'.
Good condition, some spotting..
circa 1945
211 Housewifery at Achimota College. Showing two girls preparing bed linen. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'Notice the mosquito net above the bed'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
212 Traditional African Woodcarving. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'A wooden figure being roughed out from the solid with an adze'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
213 In a House for Post-Matriculation students. A typical 'cubicle' in which students work and sleep. Showing two students at work in their cubicle.
Good condition..
circa 1945
214 One of the girls' Boarding Houses. Exterior view of the two storey building.
Good condition..
circa 1945
215 Some of the girls amusing themselves in their spare time outside one of their boarding houses. Showing a group of girls in conversation at the entrance to the Girls' Boarding House.
Good condition..
circa 1945
216 Some of the girls amusing themselves in their spare time outside one of their boarding houses. Showing a small group of girls in conversation.
Good condition..
circa 1945
217 Girls at net-ball practice at Achimota College. Showing girls practising shooting on the netball field.
Good condition..
circa 1945
218 Members of the College Athletic Team waiting their turn for practice. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'Every year s big Athletic Meeting is held [sic], at which all the leading Schools and Colleges compete for the coveted 'Aggrey trophy''.
Good condition..
circa 1945
219 Senior students arriving on the tennis courts. The typewritten caption on the reverse reads 'Tennis is becoming increasingly popular, and there is a flourishing students club. The members in this group come from three different British West African Colonies'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
220 The African Music Master, who studied for three years at the Royal College of Music in London. Heads and shoulders portrait.
Good condition..
circa 1945
221 A student painting a mural.
Good condition, some spotting..
circa 1945
222 The many members of the College who are members of the Junior Red Cross run dispensaries and carry out other welfare activities in the neighbouring villages.
Good condition..
circa 1945
223 The College Printing Press. Showing a student selecting type in the college printing offices. The typewritten caption on the reverse continues 'which takes on outside orders, as well as fulfilling College requirements. It is particularly well equipped for printing in Vernacular languages'.
Good condition..
circa 1945
224 A housemaster's bungalow attached to one of the Boarding Houses. Exterior view of the house.
Good condition..
circa 1945
225 Members of the staff live in bungalows arranged around the outer edge of the compound. Showing the entrance and verandah of a staff bungalow.
Good condition..
circa 1945

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