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London Metropolitan Archives



Reference code(s): ACC/3560

Held at: London Metropolitan Archives


Date(s): [1930-1945]

Level of description: Collection

Extent: 0.08 linear metres

Name of creator(s): Sheppard | W W | fl 1925-1946 | educationalist


Administrative/Biographical history:

This set of copies of photographs belonged to W.W. Sheppard, who taught in London 1925-1927 and 1939-1940. During the Second World War he was seconded to the RAF Education Service from the post of headmaster of The Grange boys' modern secondary school, Wirral, Cheshire. It is probable that he used the photographs as a teaching aid while he was Education and Welfare Officer at RAF Nassau. In June 1946 he was appointed Principal of the London County Council Emergency Teacher Training College at Leavesden, near Watford, Hertfordshire.


Scope and content/abstract:

Photographs of London scenes relating to the government of London and the provision of education, healthcare and welfare services in the 1930s and 1940s. On the backs of the photographs there are typescript captions.

Scenes include the election of the Lord Mayor in the Guildhall; Corporation of London meetings held at Mansion House after Guildhall was burnt out by incendiary bombs; the Lord Mayor's Show; a policeman standing next to Big Ben; Tower Bridge and Pool of London; River Police boarding a coasting steamer moored in the Thames; Covent Garden Market with sacks and baskets stacked outside; County Hall taken from across the Thames; London County Council in session at County Hall; photograph of a sketch map showing location of London County Council housing estates; flats recently completed by London County Council; mains sewer with repair work in progress; map showing open spaces maintained by London County Council; view from Richmond Hill showing stretch of country beside River Thames maintained as an open space by London, Middlesex and Surrey County Councils; babies being weighed at a Child Welfare Centre; exterior view of Honor Oak girls' secondary school maintained by London County Council; cookery class at Carlyle School, Chelsea, a London County Council Girls' secondary school; lunch time at an elementary school; school medical inspection; evacuation of London mothers with children under five, with boy scout assisting; boys in dormitory of a school camp; balconies at the ends of ward blocks, North Eastern Hospital for infectious diseases, later St Ann's Hospital, Tottenham; ward with female patients suffering from tuberculosis at Pinewood Sanatorium, Surrey; verandah of Claybury Hospital, Essex, a London County Council mental hospital; exterior of New Malden Branch Library, Surrey; interior of children's library, New Malden Branch Library, Surrey; women using an ironing machine in a communal laundry.

Also photographs of wartime services including women entering a memorial hall used as a wartime restaurant by the London County Council Londoners' Meals Service; British Restaurant kitchen; Rest Centre for people suddenly made homeless; Air Raid Heavy Rescue Workers in action; patient on stretcher being lifted into London County Council ambulance; London Fire Brigade Headquarters; Fire Service dealing with a fire in Central London caused by incendiary bombs; Fire Service on River Thames fire float provided by the London County Council for dealing with fires in the docks.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

ACC/3560/1-28: London and its Government; ACC/3560/29-36: Wartime Services.

Conditions governing access:

Available for general access.

Conditions governing reproduction:

Copyright: City of London.

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Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Received in 1995 (ACC/3560).


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Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: April to June 2009

Air raid damage | War damage | War | International conflicts
Child welfare | Social welfare
Council housing | Housing | Accommodation | Building standards | Building design | Construction engineering
County councils | Local authorities | Local government | Public administration | Government
Evacuation | Migration
Fire services | Emergency services
Hospitals | Health services
Parks | Open spaces
Policemen | Police personnel | Emergency services personnel | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Schools | Educational institutions
War victims | International conflicts
Medical institutions

Personal names
Sheppard | W W | fl 1925-1946 | educationalist

Corporate names
Corporation of London
LCC | London County Council x London County Council
Mansion House | Corporation of London
The Right Honourable Lord Mayor of London

Chelsea | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Honor Oak | Lewisham | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
New Malden | Surrey | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Richmond Hill | Richmond upon Thames | London | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Thames, river | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Tottenham | Hertfordshire | England | UK | Western Europe | Europe
Kensington and Chelsea