1912 Forest Schools Opened by Board

  • Washing Up Before a Meal at Victoria Park Forest School

    Washing before dinner at Victoria Park Forest School

    Begun in 1912, the Open Air School, or Forest School as it was later known, provided a recuperative environment for malnourished, anemic and underweight children as identified by the Medical Inspector of the Board. These children were seen as being dangerously ill, listless and sometimes suffering from disease. The hope was that by helping them to recover physically, they would also regain enthusiasm for life and learning.

    Photographer unknown

    Black and white photograph

    2012.X.016.p56

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    Black and white photo, children seated outdoors at picnic tables with wash basins in front of them.