Subfonds OAK - Oakhamian Magazines

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Oakhamian Magazines


  • 1884 - 2023 (Accumulation)

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Extent and medium

This collection consists of physical books and booklets.
8 boxes and 2 cupboards.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

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

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Scope and content

An almost complete collection of Oakham School magazines dating from 1884. Some editions are available as individuals whilst others can be found in larger bound volumes. There is also a collection of the Old Oakhamian magazine which is a separate school magazine for Old Oakhamians and their news.

This magazine covers all aspects of school life. Sporting, academic, and artistic achievements of the pupils are celebrated alongside news updates from various departments. In later issues, c. 1980s, houses are given space to announce news and in house achievements.

Sporting records are a key component of the magazine since its inception and there are accounts of matches (including scores and teams) in each edition. Again, since the 1980s, focus has shifted to also include all of the teams that compete for the school, instead of just focusing on the A team.

Images and photographs start to appear in the magazines from the 1970s and the magazine was first printed fully in colour in the 1990s.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

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


It is expected that this sub-fonds will receive multiple accruals in the future.

System of arrangement

This sub-fonds is divided into 4 series. Any digital files are stored in folders that replicate the series arrangement.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

There are some concerns regarding political correctness and comments made in the magazine, particularly from the pre 1980s. As such, each edition should be evaluated before being made fully accessible to the public. The majority of the collection are not a concern. Please email

Conditions governing reproduction

Reproduction of material will not be permitted due to copyright and GDPR concerns.

Language of material

  • Ancient Greek
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Old English
  • Spanish

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

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

Finding aids

Series OAK/1 is kept in boxes in Cupboard 1, shelf 4, and as loose items in Cupboard A2, shelf 2 (from year 2009).
Series OAK/2 is kept as loose items in Cupboard A1, and Cupboard A2. Two items are kept in Cupboard 1, shelf 4 as they are too large.
Series OAK/3 is kept in a box in Cupboard 1, shelf 4.
Series OAK/4 is kept as loose items in Cupboard A2, shelf 2.

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Description identifier

Oakham School, Oakham, Rutland, United Kingdom.

Institution identifier

Oakham School.

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  • English



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