A New Start

A busy and helpful week since our last posting from South Somerset District Council’s Community Heritage Access Centre, near Yeovil.

One of the highlights this week was a concidental connection which arose from a donation of school items and two new employees in the Economic Development side of the Council – ‘A New Start’ all round one could say.

The donation of school items relates to Yeovil County School, Kingston and was donated by The Old Yeovilians Association. This school was founded in 1845 by John Aldridge and settled on the Kingston site five years later. The original Kingston School had occupied only a shuttered building on the right, the former home of Martock-born, sanitary reformer, Dr Thomas Southwood Smith (1788-1861). Somerset County Council took over the running of the school in 1905 and subsequently greatly enlarged it. Known then as Yeovil County School, it changed its name (yet again) to Yeovil School in 1925 – apparently on a whim of the headmaster! (Credit: Ansell and Barnes: “Around Yeovil” Chalford Publishing, 1995)

The School Donation was particularly good as it included a painting of the school with the school motto – “Esse Quam Videri” (To be, rather than to seem to be) and school caps, blazers and attendance records to add to and enhance our exisitng items and knowledge of this particular subject.

The new starters came for a tour of CHAC as part of their introduction to District Council facilities. They were particularly impressed with the range of objects and photographs related to Yeovil’s past and the knowledge of the tour guide!

One of the key aspects we outlined was the environmental monitoring in the stores, explaining the significance of recording relative humidity and temperature and then examining the results when the information was downloaded onto our computer. We then illustrated ‘the theory’ as we downloaded one of the monitors in a practical demonstration to reveal the blue line for relative humidity and red line for temperature. This seemed to work well to actually show an example of what we do.

Evidently – Esse Quam Videri

In a calendar update, we now have an ‘honesty box’ at Ninesprings Cafe.

Part of the Old Yeovilians Association Donation included this painting of Yeovil County School, Kingston, Yeovil, as the school would have looked around 1910. Note the school logo “Esse Quam Videri” (To be rather than to seem to be)

Along with Yeovil School (after re-naming in 1925) boater, cap and blazer

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