The second half of the nineteenth century saw an incredible boom in school magazine publication, with some schools producing 20 to 30 different titles across the period. My thesis examines the rich archives of manuscript, print, and amateur print magazines produced by five middle-class English secondary schools. This was a lively publication culture in which pupils were active as subscribers, correspondents, contributors, illustrators, reporters, editors, treasurers, and even printers. The school magazine provides a unique insider's view into the world of the ninteenth-century school, and how the wider shifts in education, periodical culture, and the status of children were understood at a grassroots level.
Supervisors: Christina de Bellaigue and Kathryn Gleadle