10. Diaries

The School Diaries
The School Diaries

St Mary’s has a set of hand-written, leather-bound diaries covering the period 1915 to 1960. The diaries were started when Marcia Matthews became Headmistress and continued into the time of the following Headmistress, Elizabeth Gibbins.

In addition to the scribed text, many other items are included such as photographs, letters, programmes, telegrams and newspaper cuttings. The pupils and staff present each term are listed. The diaries are an invaluable and vivid record of St Mary’s throughout this period.

The diaries were initially written by the Deputy Head of St Mary’s, Miss Alexander. On her retirement, the following Deputy, Miss Thouless, took over and later the Head of Music in the school, Barbara Nesbitt, was the author.