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Throwback Thursday: From our Archives

This photograph shows some of the air raid shelters that were built on the grounds at the start of WWII.
From the Canmore Archive’s collections.
From the Canmore Archive’s collections.

According to the 1939 George Heriot’s Trust Minutes a total of 7 air raid shelters were on the school grounds:

'...the Committee, with the approval of Mr Hood, agreed that the following rooms should be made available on the necessary brickwork on the windows being carried out to the satisfaction of the Regional Technical Adviser, namely:-

Charter Room off the Council Room;

Lavatory on the north-east corner containing the wash basins,

subject in each case to the windows being bricked up 61/2 feet high and 9 inches thick...'

'...It was further agreed that the arches under the Science Block, presently utilised as cycle sheds, should also be made available by being bricked up and baffle walls erected.'


If you are interested in finding out more about life at Heriot's during the war, our Memories of Heriot's book is available from the online shop.


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