The Stamford Endowed Schools Archives are run by the Schools’ Archivist and include both digital and physical resources detailing the Schools’ rich history.
Explore our history by visiting the Schools’ Archives here.
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About the Archivist
Our Archivist, James Buckman, first came to the Stamford Endowed Schools in 2016 as a volunteer. Over time, his position was turned into a part-time job. He has a BA degree in History from Canterbury Christ Church University, and an MA in Museum and Gallery Studies from Kingston University. His final project with the latter course focused on the conservation of the archives at Stamford High School.
When he first visited the school, the archive was a chaotic jumble of artefacts and documents relevant to the history of the school. As part of his MA project, he turned this collection into an organised, accessible and appropriately preserved archive.
Every year, James stages an exhibition for the Old Stamfordians on their reunion days. This consists of a thematic display (one which tells a story through a set of items) and an open storage facility. In the latter, we lay out old magazines and photographs, allow the Old Stamfordians to look at these, and they come out with a flood of memories from their time at the school. As with any exhibition, the bulk of the collection is in storage rather in the display case. The open storage approach enables us to bring more items out into the open from time-to-time. James also publicises the archives to wider audiences through history talks and magazine articles.
He is now an elected member of the Royal Historical Society.