WWI letters donated to archive

We were very touched to be given a collection of letters sent to Vyv Trubshawe before and during World War 1. Vyv was a student from 1905-12 and later became an architect, designing many of the school buildings including the workshop and music school. His daughters Jill and Biddy, also OBs, have kindly donated the letters to the archive. They have put a lot of work into sorting them, identifying the writers and people mentioned and providing a glossary of nicknames, which will be extremely useful for any reader not familiar with the Bedalians of the era. Some of them touch on school business, and others, on their experiences during the War. As we commemorate the centenary of the start of the War next year, we hope to use extracts to shed light on what was happening to Bedalians at the front and at home.

By Jane Kirby, Archivist and Librarian

Postcard from F Best to Vyv Trubshawe


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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