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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 Achimota and Accra photographs (Frank Joselin Collection)
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.


This collection level description was entered by SG using information from the original typescript catalogue.

Index Terms
Winlaw, A W E (fl 1954-1959)
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