Chilly school days

With all of the cold weather and the snow we have been having, it can be a struggle getting about day to day but, at times, it is easy to forget how much more difficult our ancestors lives were. Here in the Library, there are some school log books which make for interesting reading.

In the Barvas School’s Logbook dated from 1878-1902, they were experiencing some severe weather too around this time of year.

November 25th 1887

Attendance less this week than the two previous weeks. Very few infants attended as the weather has been very cold and stormy. Only afew minutes interval time given this week, the school dismissed everyday this week at 3.30pm to enable the children to reach their homes after dark.

It leads on, over a week later:

December 9th 1887

The weather has been very severe with wind and snow through the week and the attendance has been considerably less both in the day and night schools.

Nowadays, school pupils are fortunate to get buses to and from school. It is worthwhile to remember those who were here before us and how hardy they were!

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Project Manager and Archivist with Tasglann nan Eilean Siar
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