At our AGM on Friday 23rd May we were delighted that, over lunch beforehand, our Members were able to see an exhibition arranged by Brunel University to mark the 200th anniversary of the Society – founded by Joseph Lancaster in 1808 – taking its current name. The exhibition included a display unit with a timeline marking significant events in the Society’s history and a number of very interesting photographs including photographs of students and sports teams from the former Borough Road College.
The exhibition was particularly welcome since this was the first occasion we had welcomed back the Archive team following our gift of the Archive to the University in December 2013. The University’s BFSS Archives Annual Report 2014 records that in 2013 the University received 74 BFSS related enquiries including requests for information relating to specific British schools, students, staff, BFSS schools overseas etc. There have been visits from students, academics, family and local historians.