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Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
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Activities and Societies

  • ACS
  • Subfonds
  • 1905 - 2024

A collection which charts the various societies and activities available to pupils at Oakham School. Documents include photographic records and correspondence for different societies. Topics include chess, CCF/OTC, scouts, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Oligoi , Exploratory Society, and trips and expeditions.

The multiple series contain administrative documents for the various societies and certain series, such as Duke of Edinburgh Award and CCF/OTC have excellent photographic record of formal or informal events.

There is a particularly detailed series on Chess and the event of Gary Kasparov's visit to the school.

There is a good collection of shooting medals and trophies, kindly donated by Henry Blagg.

Oakham School


  • EVT
  • Subfonds
  • 1960 - 2021

This collection focuses on major events that have occurred to the school and its pupils. This includes the Quatercentenary celebrations and the school's reaction to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Quatercentenary celebrations compromised of several events including the visit to the school by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Quatercentenary ball, and special productions to celebrate the recent opening of the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

There is a detailed series on the school's Speech Day which includes a comprehensive list of programmes and award winners from the ceremony.

There is a excellent record of items showing how the school reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. There is general communication to parents and staff, information on the structure of face to face and distance learning teaching, and also an illuminating collection of photographs taken by Ms. Fernandez in 2021.

Oakham School

Library and Archives

  • LAA
  • Subfonds
  • 1888 - 2019

This collection covers the history of all the libraries of Oakham School as well as the creation and daily working of the archives.

The Library series has material relating to each regeneration of the library (Smallbone, War Memorial). There is a rich photographic record of the opening and daily running of the Smallbone Library accompanied by administrative documents such as catalogues.

Under the Archives series, material cover correspondence with external readers and research into the history of the school and its pupils. There are also archive committee meeting minutes which show the evolution of the archives from its inception in 2010.

Oakham School

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

This series relates to the history of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme at Oakham School since 1973. Most of the collection focusses on the 1000th Gold Award celebrations in 2000 and the visit of Prince Philip.

Oakham School


This sub-series contains various items relating to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme at Oakham School, for example licensing certificates.

Phil Brown

A letter from Tony Little to Nigel Richardson

  • HEA-HEA/11-HEA/11/2-HEA/11/2/18-HEA/11/2/18/1
  • Item
  • 01/03/2002
  • Part of Headmasters

A letter from the Headmaster Tony Little to Nigel Richardson, Headmaster of the Perse School, regarding the Golden Jubilee and sending photographs of the Queen's visit in 1984.

Tony Little

The Oakhamian, Vol. 160, Winter Term 2000

The Oakhamian Magazine, recording the Winter term 2000. Contents: Editorial; Chapel; OSCA; Oakham School Fitness Centre; Staff News; Interview with the Headmaster; 1000th Gold Awards Celebration; Drama and Music; Art, Design & Technology; Expeditions and Trips; Sport; House Reports.

Oakham School

The 1000th Gold Award

This sub-series focusses on the celebrations for the 1000th Gold Award, and the visit of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh on 28 November 2000.

Oakham School

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