One of the most interesting rooms in Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School is the Garton Archive, named after a former pupil of Lincoln School, Professor Charles Garton. This room contains the archives from each of the four schools which amalgamated in 1974 to form LCHS; Lincoln School, Lincoln Christ’s Hospital School for Girls, Myle Cross Secondary School for Girls and St Giles Secondary Boys’ School. It was officially opened on 13th December 2004 by Professor Garton himself. Charles Garton is a remarkable man, who spent four decades collecting a variety of documents, photographs and other materials which relate mainly to Lincoln School. He hunted in places as far apart as Wigan and Australia in his quest for information about the history of his alma mater. The collection includes books written by alumni and about alumni; school magazines; old text books and notebooks from former pupils; photographs of the school, the staff, pupils and sports teams; school uniforms and colours; log books and registers; concert, plays and sports programmes and prize-givings; minutes of governors’ and other meetings; legal documents; and other miscellaneous items. It is a treasure chest of information which provides a window on the 900 year complex history of Lincoln School. In addition to the Garton ‘ex libris’ collection, Charles has also catalogued every member of staff and every pupil for whom there is information. Moreover, he has compiled a ‘Summary Honours Board’ in which the names and accomplishments of former pupils, staff and headmasters are celebrated. More recent names include Old Lincolnians Steve Race, Sir Neville Marriner and John Hurt. Another striking feature of the Garton Archive is a collection of 16th century leather-bound religious and medical books, which have been housed at Lincoln School since the late 19th century. The Garton Archive also contains a wealth of other information, and many documents and photographs relating to Lincoln School and Lincoln Girls’ High School. It is a matter of regret that there is little information on the two St Giles secondary modern schools, and we would be delighted to receive material from former pupils and staff of these schools. This link on the LCHS website will focus on a selection of its many interesting and valuable items. These will include the Occasional Papers published from the Archive, annotated photographs, and other items of historical interest to pupils, teachers, parents, governors and other friends of LCHS.
Peter Harrod Archivist