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Book Launch - Gillingham School History

A new book outlining 500 years history of Gillingham School was published on 1st April.

Written by John Porter and published by Gillingham Local History Society, the book was launched at the Museum attended by Museum officials, School staff, the deputy Mayor and his consort and Society members and friends.

Below: (L-R) David Lloyd (chairman), Andrew Jenkins (Gillingham School), John Porter (author), Sarah Turnbull (Deputy Head), Sam Woodcock (president)


The story of
   Gillingham Free School
        Gillingham Grammar School
             Gillingham County Modern School
                  Gillingham School
                        … over 500 years of change


Gillingham School, one of Dorset’s oldest schools, celebrates its five  hundredth anniversary in 2016.
Founded as a Free School in Tudor times, it moved to its present site in 1876, when it became Gillingham Grammar School.
This book relates its growth and development from its earliest times to the flourishing school of today.
This is the story of the school, its teachers and pupils, and its varying fortunes through the many years of educational change.

  Published April 2016 by Gillingham Local History Society

ISBN 978-0-9927063-2-6

219 pp.   160 illustrations

£15 (+£3 pp.)  Available from the Museum, Cullingford Carpets (Newbury) and the Museum Website