1902 diary

my grandfather's diary of his first term at Hartley

I am in the process of editing the diary my grandfather kept during his first term at theological college in Manchester in the autumn of 1902.  It contains information about the staff – Dr Arthur Peake was a tutor at the time,  the range of the syllabus, which included Greek, Hebrew and Latin, descriptions of the city and references to current events, and quite a lot about student life.

I have scanned a page of the diary and a photo of the student body.  If anyone can help with identifying any individuals I shall be glad to know.

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  • The transcribed diary is to be found in my book, ‘College, Chapel and Culture in Edwardian Manchester’, published by the Wesley Historical Society and available from http://www.lulu.com or http://www.amazon.co.uk, priced £9.50. A list of students contemporary with my grandfather is included in the book, as well as details of the studies and examinations of students at the time.

    By Rachel Larkinson (08/06/2019)
  • My grandfather Herbert Shaw Gerrard (1886-1969) was a contemporary (aged 14 in the 1901 census). That looks like him second from the right in the long back row (beneath the brickwork) He went on to be the first PM medical missionary in Africa, serving in Kasenga, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia) and Maua, Kenya. I’m working on a biography for this site. Have you transcribed the diary?

    By Simon Potter (05/06/2019)

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