Subfonds SPO - Sports

Identity area

Reference code





  • 1860 - 2020 (Accumulation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

The material in this collection consists of photographs, papers, books, CDs/ DVDs, glass, metal, video cassette, wood, digital items, and negatives.
24 boxes, 50 books and 2 shelves.

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

This collection covers the multitude of sports that pupils can do at Oakham School. Sports include cricket, rugby, hockey, athletics, netball and swimming as some of the richest in terms of items in the sub-series.

Most sub-series have a good photographic record of first teams, alongside comprehensive fixture and team lists. Some sub-series will contain correspondence, programmes and administrative documents.

There is an extensive collection of trophies and shields awarded to pupils and Old Oakhamians for their sporting achievements.

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.

System of arrangement

This sub-fonds is divided into 19 series. Each series focuses on an individual sport or theme. Within these series, material has been split amongst themes or type. In general, items have been stored in these sub-series according to original order or time of accession. Any digital files are stored in folders that replicate the series arrangement.

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

There may be concerns of child protection regarding the more recent house photographs. Names are attached to some of the photographs and these may be redacted when made publicly available.

Conditions governing reproduction

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

The copyright for many of the sports photographs belong to the photographers or photographic companies. The archives have limited copyright clearance to use Brian and Elizabeth Nicholls photography. Any production of photographs produced by other photographers will need to be approved by external third parties.

Any request to reproduce material externally must be approved in advanced by the school's archivist due to copyright and GDPR concerns. Please email

Language of material

  • English
  • Japanese

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

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

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Place 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