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Throwback Thursday: Art classes at Harpenden school

PUBLISHED: 14:00 23 May 2019

Throwback Thursday: An art lesson at Harpenden St George's Children's House taken in 1935. Picture: John Cooper

Throwback Thursday: An art lesson at Harpenden St George's Children's House taken in 1935. Picture: John Cooper

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Anyone remember their art classes at school?

Throwback Thursday: An information leaflet for St George's Children's House. Picture: John CooperThrowback Thursday: An information leaflet for St George's Children's House. Picture: John Cooper

My memories are certainly not as picturesque as this snapshot, taken of a St George's Children's House lesson shortly before Christmas in 1935.

Pupils at this school were taught using the Montessori approach, developed by Italian physician Maria Montessori.

She placed emphasis on free activity to encourage teamwork, cooperation and respect for others.

The Children's House separated from St George's in 1955 and moved to Gorselands in Walkers Road, where, according to the Harpenden and District Local History Society, it was run by a Mrs Jean Blackden as a private pre-preparatory school.

The Gorselands building was eventually closed and redeveloped into private housing in 1976.

This picture is published as part of our Throwback Thursday highlight, which aims to show just how much the town has changed over time, using old pictures of what it used to be like.

It is from the collection of John Cooper, an author who pens pictorial history books about Harpenden.

He has written A Postcard from Harpenden, Harpenden Through Time, Harpenden: The Postcard Collection, and Harpenden: A Village in Wartime, which was published on October 15 last year.

His newest title is coming out in June this year.

Do you have an old picture to share? Let us know at enjoyhapendenmore@archant.co.uk

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