b. 1986, HK.
Schools, while being a central focal point to the communities that they serve, are but part of that close-knit rural community. To better understand a school's records, a knowledge of the surrounding local history is advantageous.
In latter years, many schools have commemorated various milestone events in their history, such as centenaries, renovations or associations of their school with public figures. Commemorative booklets and Centenary books were often published in association with these celebrations, which can contain valuable information of historical interest, such as interviews with past pupils and teachers, old photographs and local history articles. Where possible, such booklets have been sourced during the cataloguing of a school’s statutory records and also digitally copied.
Local History publications
Many local history books and booklets have been published, often by knowledgable local historians, incorporating local school history. These locally produced publications are often now difficult to find, since they often only sold in small quantities. As part of the ANSEO! project, these books and booklets have also been digitally archived to better provide a better understanding of the background, and community context of the local school records.
All Commemorative booklets and Centenary books published as digital booklets are deemed to be out of copyright, or have the permission of the copyright holder. Certain pages may be redacted due to data protection issues or privacy concerns.