During the past months we have enjoyed delivering several talks on ‘Inspired To Teach’ to history groups,WI groups, Rotary and other organisations across Wiltshire. We are looking forward to our final talk at The Salisbury Museum on October 4th, 2017 at 6.30. It will be a fitting finale to talk about the history of the College in our much loved former College Chapel.
We are thrilled that through the sale of the books we have been able to donate a significant sum to support the ‘Cress’charity working in South Sudan. Copies of Inspired to Teach are still available from The Salisbury Museum Shop and from our website. It has been such an exciting past few years, meeting former students and their families.
We now look forward to our next publication. The working title at present is ‘We Will Teach’! We are busy researching and writing about some of the many Channel Island students who trained to teach in Salisbury.
It was an enormous challenge for the young women to leave the island of their birth and cross the sea to England. The majority of Channel Island students who arrived after 1905 lived in Barnard’s Cross in St Ann Street, Salisbury. This was a lively hostel with its own groups and clubs, and of course several rules!
The years of World War Two were particularly hard for the students,as many of them had arrived before the Occupation of the Channel Islands.The were unable to return for several years and communication with home was difficult: just one letter of 25 words via the Red Cross every six months.
Writing this book has given us the wonderful opportunity to visit the islands, which we did in October. We received a warm welcome and very helpful support. Further visits are planned before the book is published-hopefully in 2018.