College find a bookmark to the past


A spot of spring cleaning at the Arbroath campus of Dundee & Angus College has had a bit of a turn up for the books.

The core of the Keptie Street campus was built some 140 years ago and has always been at the centre of education in the town, latterly housing the former Arbroath High School and most recently the institution which would become the D&A College.

Despite the radical changes there are still plenty of old nooks and crannies as Heather Grant, personal assistant to the board of management, found out while moving office.

Heather discovered a roll call of pupils from the original high school. She explained: “I was amazed when I came across it at the back of a cupboard. It’s a very neat, orderly record of pupils’ grades, timetables and the prize winners from 1871 to 1874 and it’s remarkably well preserved.”

Heather then contacted Angus Archives, who store a sizable collection of the historical records from the county.

Archivist Craig Pearson was delighted with the find. He said: “I’ve never seen a record quite like this before. I think it’s quite unique and I believe it dates from just before the 1872 Education Act which made recording admissions a legal necessity.”