Subfonds HEA - Headmasters

Identity area

Reference code





  • 1818 - 2023 (Accumulation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

This collection consists of paper, photographs, books, magazines, booklets, newspaper, negatives, and CD.
4 boxes.

Context area

Name of creator

Biographical history

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Items have been acquired from many different sources over several years.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

Stretching back to the headmastership of Dr. Doncaster, this collection comprehensively covers the correspondence, publications, photographs and other ephemera of the headmasters of Oakham School up to the present day. For many of the headmasters, correspondence and rolls calls are a significant theme in their series.

This collection also contains an excellent record of speeches and sermons given by G. Talbot Griffiths and John Buchanan.

The final series on reports covers the headmaster's, deputy headmaster's and registers writings on the state of the school, including topics such as building and estate development, admissions, the curriculum, examination results, and Old Oakhamians.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

As far as is recorded, these items are fully appraised into the collection.


It is expected that this series will receive multiple accruals in the future, particularly for the present and/or future incumbents.

System of arrangement

This sub-fonds is divided into 15 series. Each series is dedicated to an individual headmaster (HEA/1 - 14). Material has been manually sorted into files due to the sporadic and intermittent nature of the collection of this material. Each series has been divided into sub-series/files reflecting the nature of the material contained. Where possible in these sub-series, the original order of the items has been maintained. Any digital files are stored in folders that replicate the series arrangement.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

There are several GDPR concerns within this series. Concerns are highlighted on each individual items/ files entry.

Conditions governing reproduction

Specific conditions for individual items/ files will be noted on their specific entries.
Any request to reproduce material externally must be approved in advance by the School Archivist due to copyright and GDPR concerns. Please email

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Specific characteristics for individual items/ files will be noted on their specific entries.

Finding aids

The four boxes are located in Cupboard 3, on shelf 3.

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Name access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Oakham School, Oakham, Rutland, United Kingdom.

Institution identifier

Oakham School.

Rules and/or conventions used


Level of detail


Dates of creation revision deletion



  • English



Accession area