Fun and games in Portsmouth’s Montessori school in the 1950s

Something has captured the attention of the children here and judging by the bright light illuminating their faces, it might be a projector screen showing a cine film
Something has captured the attention of the children here and judging by the bright light illuminating their faces, it might be a projector screen showing a cine film
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I wonder if older readers might recognise themselves in these four pictures.

They were sent to me by Bridget Bere, from Bridgwater, Somerset, who discovered them in her late mother’s effects.

Alexandra Park - not Victoria Park

Alexandra Park - not Victoria Park

Her mother was Marian Matthews who started a Montessori school in Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth, in 1949.

If you do feature in these photographs, I’d be keen to learn more about life and learning at the school.

Bridget has identified as many of the faces as she can.

In the picture at the top the blond-haired boy on the right is Alex Munro. The lad on the far side of the table in the dark jacket had the surname Oldfield while the boy next to him was Ian Mansell.

Cecilia Vaughan with fellow Montessori pupils enoying a trip to the beach. The chaplain was James Larkin and the school's founder, Marian Matthews, is on the right holding the girl with a ribbon in her hair

Cecilia Vaughan with fellow Montessori pupils enoying a trip to the beach. The chaplain was James Larkin and the school's founder, Marian Matthews, is on the right holding the girl with a ribbon in her hair

The girl looking towards the camera on the left was Donna Cluett and the girl in the foreground with her back to the camera was Anne Wickens.

Children at the St Anne's Montessori school in Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth, in the 1950s

Children at the St Anne's Montessori school in Derby Road, North End, Portsmouth, in the 1950s