50 Years Of The London Boroughs: Growing Up

By Londonist Staff Last edited 33 months ago
50 Years Of The London Boroughs: Growing Up

As part of the ongoing activities marking the London Boroughs’ 50th anniversary, London Councils has gathered together a unique library of archive images from 1965 to 2015.

LB Enfield, climbing wall at Chesterfield School, 2014 (Enfield Council)

These pictures of London children in school and at play over the last 50 years illustrate the responsibilities boroughs have for educating and looking after London's young people.

London Councils delves deeper into how local leadership helped improve London schools over that period and discusses some of the major challenges that boroughs have faced providing social care in the capital in recent years. They also have more pictures with more information about them.

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LB Bexley, dressmaking class at Bexleyheath Girls School, c. 1965 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
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LB Waltham Forest, Church Hill Day Nursery, Walthamstow, c.1970s (Vestry House Museum, London Borough of Waltham Forest)
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LB Bromley, Bromley toy lending library, 1972 (Courtesy of Bromley Times/Kentish Times)
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LB Brent, Kingsbury Special School pupils at Roe Green Fair, 1974 (Brent Museum and Archives)
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LB Brent, Christmas party at Bertie Road Nursery, 1975 (Brent Museum and Archives)
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LB Tower Hamlets, group of children on Branch Road, 1982 (London Borough of Tower Hamlets © Mrs Ely)
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LB Brent, South Kilburn School gym, 1984 (Brent Museum and Archives)
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LB Bromley, Olympics celebrations at Petts Wood Library, 1984 (Bromley Local Studies and Archives)
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LB Bexley, class 9 at West Street Junior School, 1985 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
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LB Bexley, Rt Hon Kenneth Baker MP at the opening of Belvedere Junior School, 1987 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
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LB Bexley, pupils use computers at Cleeve Park School, 1988 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
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LB Islington, safety demonstration at Isledon Teachers Centre, 1991 (Islington Local History Centre)
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LB Islington, bully free zone at Highbury Fields School, 1995 (Islington Local History Centre)
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LB Bexley, Year 5 pupils at Our Lady of the Rosary School 2009 (LB Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre)
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LB Enfield, Unity Hub youth space, 2013 (Enfield Council)
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LB Enfield, Unity Hub youth space, 2013 (Enfield Council)
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LB Enfield, pupils playing at Chesterfield School, 2014 (Enfield Council)

Many thanks to the London Boroughs of Bexley, Waltham Forest, Bromley, Brent, Tower Hamlets, Islington and Enfield. Find out more at London Councils website or follow #boroughs50 on Twitter.

Last Updated 27 July 2015