History at Hatfield Woodhouse

11th October 2016

On Friday 7th October, we had a very exciting and unusual visitor to our school. A lady called Sherelle Hawes came to school to collect our school log books.  At first we were not really sure why this was such a special event, then our teacher and Sherelle went on to explain to us. Sherelle was from the Doncaster archives (a collection of historical documents or records providing information about a place, institution, or group of people), she brought with her a very large brown box. Then Mrs Chesney – our teacher – went on to explain what the school log books were. We had 3 in school, one was very old and was from the 1800s, we had to be very careful handling this, it had started to fall apart a little bit, but Sherelle said that it could be restored. We looked inside and we were amazed to see such beautiful handwriting, the log book was kept by the Head teacher of the school and had information about when the school was closed and why, so for celebrations, or teachers deaths. It also kept a record of money owed to the school. Sherelle explained that this log book could be studied and the information used to understand the history of Hatfield Woodhouse, we felt like we were being real life historians. The other 2 log books, were slightly more modern, but just as interesting to read.

We handed our school log books over to Sherelle, who placed them delicately into the brown box, which she said protects the artifacts and can even protect it from fire! We were really impressed by that. The log books still belong to school and we can go and look at them anytime we would like, but they are now with other log books and are creating a picture of what life was like in 1800’s in Hatfield Woodhouse and Doncaster. If you are reading this and you have some historical log books in your school, please contact the Doncaster archives.

By Year 6 Lion Class