St Andrew's Club begins digitisation of historic material

16 Jul 2016

The images above are from our rare photograph collection of our earliest members which will form part of our online digital gallery.

As a part of our Heritage Lottery Fund project we have been investigating our history which has been truly surprising. St Andrew’s own researchers, Gail Baitinger, Thomas Robinson and Jamie Crosbie, have been investigating 14 editions of The Chronicle, the Club’s newsletter, which has provided new insight into the daily activities of the Club from 150 years ago and unlocked a wealth of hidden history in the process.

Every page of the Chronicle and hundreds of pictures are being digitally captured in incredible detail by TownsWeb Archiving LTD. This is a part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project on our heritage which will culminate in a temporary exhibition at the Club and later at the Westminster Archives Centre from October 2016. It is the largest of its kind in London and our results will be shared with the country, offering educational materials, a short film and more on the history of youth clubs and, of course, on the history of 'The Andrew's'.

Along with hundreds of photographs and documents from the past, generations of members will help paint a picture of how St Andrew’s transformed over the years and set the blueprint for youth clubs across the nation.

The extract below is from a special edition of the Chronicle published in 1892. The Club had reached its 25th anniversary when the Earl of Selborne addressed members at the Club. This will form part of our online archive which will feature all 14 editions of the Chronicle.



July 2016