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Tim Farron visits Sedbergh School ‘Casterton School’ archive exhibition

Jonathon Woof, Katy De La Riviere – School Archivists with Nathan Lee from HLF and Tim Farron

[S]edbergh School welcomed MP Tim Farron to the Casterton School Archive Exhibition on Monday 11th December.

In February Sedbergh School Foundation were awarded a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), to preserve and provide access to the archive collection of Casterton School. As part of this December’s National Lottery #thankyou Week, the National Lottery invited Tim Farron to visit one of the ongoing projects in his constituency and it is a great honour that he chose to visit the Casterton School archive in Sedbergh.

Nathan Lee from HLF, Kirsty Stock, Tim Farron – Kirsty modelling a replica bonnet from the 19th Century Casterton school uniform

The collection includes original documents recording the education of the Bronte sisters who were educated at the school in 1824 as well more recent items kindly donated by former staff and pupils of the school. Tim said; “I thoroughly enjoyed my visit at the Sedbergh School Archives. It was fascinating to see the history of this school, whose forward-looking approach gave girls, including the Brontë sisters, a greater opportunity to reach their potential at a time when they would be treated as second-class citizens. This exhibition plays an important role in keeping the school’s history alive and I’d encourage local people to pay a visit to explore how the school transformed the lives of young women in our area.”

The Archive and Heritage Centre, Back Lane, Sedbergh will be open on Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th from 10am – 4 pm and all visitors will be most welcome.

The exhibition has been touring community venues in South Lakeland and North Lancashire since September and will continue to tour the area in the spring. For further information about the Open Days or the exhibition please contact Jonathan Woof [email protected] 015396 22275

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