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Y30448D Sir Alan Burns Collection of Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] photographs, 1940s
Y30448E Portrait of Sir Frederick Gordon Guggisberg, circa 1920
Y30448F Inauguration of the University of Ghana 25th November 1961
Y30448G Photographs of Ghana and Nigeria
Y30448H Views of Achimota College circa 1945
Y30448I Achimota College (A.W.E. Winlaw collection)
Y30448J Alan Rudwick collection
Y30448K George Cansdale's collection on the Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] 1938-1948
Y30448L Smyly Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] Collection, 1911-1929
Y30448M No. 218 Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] Bomber Squadron
Y30448N Gold Coast [i.e. Ghana] Castles
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Achimota College (A.W.E. Winlaw collection)

Title Achimota College (A.W.E. Winlaw collection)
Reference GBR/0115/Y30448I
Creator Winlaw, A W E, fl 1954-1959
Covering Dates circa 1924-circa 1959
Extent and Medium 237 images in 2 boxes; Generally in good condition.
Repository Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library
Content and context

Collection of loose prints with duplicates measuring, unless stated, approximately 210 x 160 mm. The collection contains a variety of photographs, some of them taken by the Information Services of the Gold Coast/Ghana, while others are amateur photographs. Nos 1-5, showing Fraser in the Principal's house are clearly pre-1935, when he left Achimota. The majority date from Mr Winlaw's Headship and include a number of views of buildings put up in that period, particularly the Assembly Hall and the Girls Gymnasium. He was also responsible for a Chapel and an Armoury for the Cadet Corps. Most of the groups (176-213) are identified in detail, but very few others have any indication of their subject. Alan Rudwick, Headmaster of Achimota from 1965-77 and a member of its staff since 1951, who took many of the photographs himself, has identified most of them, including indicating some pupils and staff members whose subsequent careers were of particular interest. Except for the groups, virtually all the entries are based on his information, supplemented by biographical material from works of reference as noted.

The photographs have been arranged in five groups;

1-5 views of the Principal's House, pre-1935

6-43 major events, including Founder's Day celebrations

44-61 aerial photographs

62-178 miscellaneous views of School events and activities

179-216 groups.

Photographs taken by the Gold Coast Information Services and the Ghana Information Services are marked GSIC and GIS respectively, with their reference numbers, thus identifying those taken before and after March 1957. A series marked '61' and '62' is also indicated.

Achimota College began in 1924 with the arrival in the Gold Coast of the first Principal, A.G. Fraser and the original members of his staff and it was formally opened in 1927. Principals and Head Masters in the first fifty years have been:

H.M. Grace, 1935-41

R.W. Stopford, 1941-45 (see Y30448H/3 and Y30448I/12)

H.C. Neill, 1946-49 (see Y30448H/5)

P.G. Rendall, 1949-53 (see Y30448I/6)

A.W.E. Winlaw, 1954-59

D.A. Chapman Nyaho, 1959-63 (see Y30448I/35, 37)

I.K. Chinebuah, 1963-65

A.P. Rudwick, 1965-77.

Originally known as 'Achimota College and School', the development of other educational institutions in the Gold Coast and the diversion of many of its activities elsewhere led to its renaming as 'Achimota School' in 1948. At this time the post of Principal was renamed Headmaster.

Presented by A.W.E. Winlaw in 1982. His gift also included Ministry of Information photographs of Achimota at Y30448H and a set of A.G. Fraser's printed letters from Kandy and Achimota.

Access and Use

Please cite as Cambridge University Library: Royal Commonwealth Society Library, Achimota College (A.W.E. Winlaw collection), Y30448I

Further information

For photographs of Achimota between 1931 and 1946 see Y30448G.

Indexed

This item level description was created by MJC using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Index Terms
Africa
Ghana
Winlaw, A W E (fl 1954-1959)
RCS/Y30448I contains:
1-5 The Principal's (now the Headmaster's) House, pre 1935. 150 x 105 mm. Y30448I/1 is an exterior view (see also Y30448I/103-104), Y30448I/2 shows A.G. Fraser. at his desk, Y30448I/3-5 are other interior views (plus duplicate of Y30448I/4). 1924–1934
6 Group of Old Achimotans and the Headmaster P.G.I. Rendall. 140 x 85 mm. 1952
7 AGF and Mrs Fraser. 85 x 140 mm. This is dated 1957 in W.E.F. Ward, 'Fraser of Trinity and Achimota' (1965) facing p. 167, but both are clearly younger than in the 1957 photographs (15-27) and Mrs Fraser's dress and hat are identical with 6. 1950–1957
8 Founder's Day Procession. 1955
9 Founder's Day Procession. 1955
10 View of Founder's Day Procession. 1949–1955
11 View of Founder's Day Procession. 1949–1955
12 The Kt. Rev. Robert W. Stopford, former Principal of Achimota, with Archbishop Fisher after being consecrated Bishop of Fulham, outside St Paul's Cathedral. 115 x 90 mm. 11 June 1955
13 Visit of President L.S. Senghor of Senegal. He is speaking to Mr Kofi Antubam, Art Master at Achimota, who later designed the Ghana Regalia. Also in the picture are Winlaw and M. Renner, French Consul. 1955
14 President Senghor with Dr Nkrumah. A picture taken at the reception given by Dr Nkrumah for delegates to the conference of the World Assembly of Youth (possibly not at Achimota). 1955
15 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Mrs Fraser with state sword and A.G. Fraser with Okyeame Staff. Includes the Badge of Achimota and a Chief's stool (plus duplicate). 1957
16 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Fraser with Okyeame Staff (plus duplicate). 1957
17 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: A.G. and Mrs Fraser with cake modelled on the Administration Block at party in the house of K.A. Gbedemah, Old Achimotan and Finance Minister. 1957
18 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: A.G. and Mrs Fraser with cake modelled on the Administration Block at party in the house of K.A. Gbedemah, Old Achimotan and Finance Minister. 1957
19 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: A.G. and Mrs Fraser with cake modelled on the Administration Block at party in the house of K.A. Gbedemah, Old Achimotan and Finance Minister. 1957
20 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Kwame Nkrumah cutting the cake; K.A. Gbedemah in background. 1957
21 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Fraser, Winlaw and K.A. Gbedemah approaching the Administration Block. 1957
22 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Winlaw speaking on Founder's Day. 1957
23 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Winlaw speaking; Fraser seated and Senior Prefect with staff standing behind. 1957
24 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Winlaw speaking viewed from the other side. 1957
25 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Fraser speaking; Winlaw in background. 1957
26 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: closer view of Fraser speaking; K.A. Gbedemah in background. 1957
27 Visit of A.G. Fraser for Ghana Independence and Achimota Founder's Day 1957: Fraser and Mrs Fraser standing by car with African chauffeur. 1957
28 Visit of Vice-President Richard Nixon: group with Mrs Nixon, Winlaw, Staff and pupils outside the arcades of the Administration block. 1957
29 Visit of Vice-President Richard Nixon: group with Mrs Nixon, Winlaw, Staff and pupils outside the arcades of the Administration block. 1957
30 Visit of Vice-President Richard Nixon: Mr and Mrs Nixon with Achimotans in background. 1957
31 Visit of Lord Listowel, Governor-General: Lord Listowel with Winlaw and other staff members. 1957
32 Visit of Lord Listowel, Governor-General: Lord Listowel watching a pupil at work. 1957
33 Visit of Lord Listowel, Governor-General. 1957
34 Visit of Lord Listowel, Governor-General. 1957
35 Founder's Day 1958: Rear view of Winlaw speaking. D.A. Chapman-Nyaho seated in foreground. Daniel Armling Chapman Nyaho was born in 1909, attended Achimota as a pupil and later taught there: Senior Geography Master 1937-46; Secretary to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, Gold Coast/Ghana 1954-57; Ambassador to the USA and permanent Representative at the U.N. 1957-59; Headmaster Achimota 1959-63. 1958
36 Founder's Day 1958: Listening pupils. 1958
37 Founder's Day 1958: D.A. Chapman Nyaho speaking. 1958
38 Founder's Day 1958: View of pupils. 1958
39 Founder's Day 1959: Kwame Nkrumah speaking. 1959
40 Founder's Day 1959: Pupils listening. 1959
41 Founder's Day 1959: Talking drums. 1959
42 Founder's Day 1959: Winlaw speaking. 1959
43 Founder's Day 1959: procession. 1959
44-61 Aerial views of Achimota. 130 x 120 mm. 1950–1959
62 View from clock tower showing Gymnasium, Music School, Farmlands and slope to Legon Hill. 1950–1959
63 View from the clock tower showing Western Classroom, Dining Hall, Art School, Engineering School and Pottery. 1950–1959
64 Administration Block. 1959
65 Side of Administration Block and Western Classroom. 1950–1959
66 Pupils leaving the Administration Block. 1950–1959
67 Administration Block; girls sketching. 1950–1959
68 Administration Block with cricketers in the foreground. Includes the politician and economist Jones Ofori Atta. 1950–1959
69 Administration Block from Assembly Hall. 1950–1959
70 Administration Block from steps. 1950–1959
71 Administration Block from steps. Smaller version of Y30448I/70. 1950–1959
72 View of Administration Block and pupils. 1950–1959
73 View of Administration Block and pupils. 1950–1959
74-76 Corridor in Administration Block. 1950–1959
77-81 Views of Administration Block. 135 x 85 mm. 1950–1959
82 Girl standing by stone commemorating the visit of the Prince of Wales, 1925. 1950–1959
83 Service in the original Chapel in the Administration Block. 1950–1959
84 Assembly Hall from the clock tower. 90 x 60 mm. 1950–1957
85 New Assembly Hall. 1950–1957
86 New Assembly Hall and Chapel. 1950–1957
87 New Assembly Hall. With duplicate. 1950–1957
88 New Assembly Hall. 140 x 85 mm. 1950–1957
89 Exterior view of Assembly Hall and Chapel. 1950–1957
90 Pupils in Assembly Hall viewed from stage. 1950–1959
91-96 Girls Gymnasium. Plate recording the gift of the building by Cadbury Brothers, 1957. Five interior and exterior views, 160 x 115mm., with duplicate of 93. 1957
97 Girls Gymnasium. 1950–1957
98 In the Library. 1950–1957
99 Pupils in the Library. 1950–1957
100 Pupils outside the Eastern Compound Dining Hall. 1950–1957
101 Eastern Compound Dining Hall; pupils at mealtime. 1950–1957
102 Eastern Compound Dining Hall. 1950–1957
103 Old Achimotans' Reunion, Western Compound Dining Hall. 1950–1957
104 West Classroom. 1950–1957
105 Kitchens. 1950–1957
106-07 Headmaster's House. 1950–1957
108 Staff Bungalow. 1950–1957
109 Gyamfi Boarding House (Boys). 1950–1957
110-14 Views of Cadbury House. 160 x 105 mm. 1950–1957
115 View of Kingsley House. 165 x 110. mm. 1950–1957
116 Girls' Boarding House; on the stairs. 1950–1957
117 Girls' Boarding House; a dormitory. 1950–1957
118 Silk cotton tree planted by Prempeh I. 1950–1957
119 Girls on Games Field. 1950–1957
120 On the playing fields. 1950–1957
121 Hockey players talking. 1950–1957
122-24 Hockey players on the pitch. 1950–1957
125 Swimming. 1950–1957
126 Swimming pool on Parents Day. 1950–1957
127-28 First aid. 1950–1957
129 Cookery. 1950–1957
130 Cooking on charcoal stove. 1950–1957
131 Bread making. 1950–1957
132 Pouring hot water on cassava to obtain starch. 1950–1957
133 Ironing. 1950–1957
134 Ironing. 1950–1957
135 Pottery. 1950–1957
136 Pottery. 1950–1957
137 Art appreciation class. 1950–1957
138 Staff meeting (torn at edges). 1950–1957
139 Sports Day: Parade of competitors. 1957–1959
140 Sports Day: audience applauding. 1957–1959
141 Sports Day: Winlaw, Sir Leslie M'Carthy (1885-1970) a former judge and for many years Chairman of the Achimota College Council, and other distinguished visitors. 1957–1959
142 Sports Day Presentation of trophies. 1957–1959
143 Sports Day: Another view of the Presentation. 140 x 90 mm. 1957–1959
144 Boy scout semaphore signalling. With duplicate. 1957–1959
145 Girl Guides by classroom block. 1957–1959
146-47 Parade of Cadet Corps. 1957–1959
148 Pupils by the Accra-Kumasi Train. 140 x 90 mm. 1957–1959
149 Pupils waiting for train. 140 x 90 mm. 1957–1959
150 Practising for Founder's Day; singers and drums. Including James Victor Gbeho, born 1925, later Deputy High Commissioner in London and, from 1980, Ghana's Representative at the United Nations. 1957–1959
151 Pupil with talking drums. 110 x 165 mm. 1957–1959
152 Performance of "Pirates of Penzance". 160 x 110 mm. 1957–1959
153 Nativity Play: General Group. 1957–1959
154 Nativity Play: Mary and Jesus. 1957–1959
155 Class in session, with Winlaw, and M. Dowouna speaking. Dowouna went from Achimota to Oxford and was first Registrar of the University of. Ghana. 1957–1959
156 B.A. Brown, Senior Maths Master, teaching Geometry. He was later the Representative in London of the West African Examinations Council. 155 x 150 mm. 1957–1959
157-61 The son of Sylvanus Olympio, first President of Togo, with unnamed female pupil. 1957–1959
162 Winlaw with three pupils, including Mamma Siedu. Siedu was later Director of Agriculture, Northern Region, and Manager, Masia Rice Corporation. 1957–1959
163-65 Groups including Winlaw and unidentified African visitor. 1957–1959
166 Winlaw with unidentified African. 1957–1959
167-73 Visit of the Geographical Society to Kita. 60 x 60 mm. 1957–1959
174-75 Members of staff at Labadi Beach. 90 x 65 mm. 1957–1959
176 Winlaw with football team. 90 x 65mm. 1957–1959
177 Winlaw in car with group of African children. 90 x 65 mm. 1957–1959
178 Parade of Native Police being inspected by officer. Perhaps a training course at Achimota. 140x115 mm. 1957–1959
179 Winlaw with prefects 1955. 215 x 165 mm. 1955
180 Old Achimotans Dance 29 October 1955. 215 x 165 mm. 1955
181 British Council Sherry Party. 80 x 60 mm. 1957–1959
182 Winlaw with Prefects. 140 x 90 mm. Includes Jones Ofori Atta. 1957–1959
183 Winlaw with senior students. 140 x 90 mm. 1957–1959
184 Informal Staff group with Winlaw. 215 x 165 mm. 1957–1959
185 Informal Staff group with Winlaw. 140 x 90 mm (plus duplicate). 1957–1959
186 Informal Staff group with Winlaw and Old Achimotans. 215 x 165 mm. 1957–1959
187 Group of Old Achimotans. 210 x 160 mm. Names are included. Photo by Bob Lampteg. 1957–1959
188 Aggrey House Group 1955. 200x 120 mm. 1955
189 Cadbury House Group 1955. 205 x 140 mm. 1955
190 Cadbury Ninoes 1955. 160 x 105 mm. (Ninoes are pupils). 1955
191 Cadbury Junior Cricketers 1956. 160 x 105 mm. 1956
192 Cadbury Junior Football Players 1956. 60 x 105 mm. 1956
193 Cadbury Junior Volley Players 1956. 145 x 105 mm. 1956
194 Cadbury Form I Ninoes 1956. 155 x 115mm. 1956
195 Cadbury House Officers 1958. 145 x 90 mm. 1958
196 Cadbury Ninoes 1958. 140 x 90 mm. 1958
197 Some Cadbury Form 2. 200 x 150 mm. Undated but same setting as Y30448I/196. 1957–1959
198 Cadbury House Group. 160 x 100 mm. 1957–1959
199 Clark House Group December 1955. 215 x 165 mm. 1955
200 Guggisberg House Group November 1955. 215 x 165 mm. 1955
201 Gyamfi House Group 1954. 165 x 110 mm. 1954
202 Gyamfi House Group 1955. 215 x 165 mm. 1955
203 Gyamfi House Group 1956. 210 x 160 mm. 1956
204 Gyamfi Junior Football 1957. 210 x 95 mm. 1957
205 Gyamfi Games Group (Senior) 1957. 120 x 95 mm. 1957
206 Gyamfi Junior Cross Country 1957. 120 x 95 mm. 1957
207 Gyamfi Officers 1957. 120 x 95 mm. 1957
208 Gyamfi Officers 1958. 120 x 95 mm. 1958
209 Kingsley House Group 1954. 215 x 165 mm. 1954
210 Livingstone House Group 1955. 165 X 120 mm. 1955
211 Lugard House Group 1955. 160 X 100 mm. 1955
212 Lugard House Group July 1958. 205 x 160 mm. 1958
213 Lugard Officers and Staff 1958. 150 x 95 mm. 1958
214 Slessor House Group 1955. 165 x 110 mm. 1955
215 [Slessor House Group] 1957. 160 x 115 mm. (dated, not attributed, but clearly Slessor). 1957
216 Slessor House Group 1959. 215 x 165 mm. 1959

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