Howell's School, Llandaff is fortunate to possess an extensive collection of archive material, which fortunately survived the fire of 1932.
The records include a complete set of Governors’ Minutes from 1859 and registration details of every girl who has attended the school since 1860.
All aspects of school life are represented and the records take many different forms, such as school and Hywelian Magazines, accounts books, letters, concert and play programmes, maps and plans, certificates, inspection reports, an early surgeon’s journal, photographs, newsletters, prospectuses and drawings.
There are also records relating to the Girls’ Day School Trust and other official documents. In addition, the Archives Room contains various tape recordings and other records stored on electronic media. There is an increasing number of artefacts, ranging from original candle-holding reading-lamps and early school uniforms to prefects’ badges and 1950s stiletto heel protectors for the floors!
All the school magazines and the Hywelian magazines from 1906-1971 have now been digitised. For more information, please click here.
The main reasons for maintaining the archives are:
To preserve relevant material relating to the history of Howell’s School for the benefit of future generations
To cultivate and foster an awareness of the school’s rich heritage and its importance in the history of women’s education
To make the material available, accessible and comprehensible to researchers, internal or external
To answer enquiries from members of the public
To provide appropriate material for publicity and other purposes.
We are very grateful to former students and other well-wishers who have kindly donated material to the Archives, and are always happy to accept new material.
The Head Archivist is Mrs Janet Sully, who is helped by three volunteers: Mrs Sue Rayner, Miss Julia Farnham and Miss Michelle Ingram (Hywelians).
We are pleased to receive enquiries and enjoy undertaking the necessary research.
We also welcome visitors who wish to undertake their own research. Requests for information and for visits should be made to firstname.lastname@example.org or Hywelians@how.gdst.net