This page is to enable any requests for B.I. items which former pupils and staff may require.
The first item is a copy of the 1965 Speech Day programme, requested by former pupil Alan Elliott. If you have a copy, could you please scan a copy and send it to the email address below. The front cover of the 1963 Speech Day programme is shown below, with many thanks to Alan Elliott:-
If anyone has any old Visor magazines from the early days of the B.I., I will be interested. Please email the site at the above email address.
I have received an email from Debra Blackburn, asking for information about William Ledsom, who was born in 1889, and who might have been a pupil of Birkenhead Institute in its early days.
If anyone has any more information, can you please contact me via the email address:-
Here are more details about William Ledsom, which Debra has very kindly provided. William was Debra's Great Uncle. If anyone knows any more about William, could you please let me know via the above email address, and I shall pass the information to Debra:-
If anyone can remember Charles Vivian Hales as a teacher at the B.I. in 1932, please let me know so I can advise Bob Hale, who was related to him:-
I wonder if you can tell me whether the Birkenhead Institute would be the same school as was called "Birkenhead Grammar School" by someone in 1932? The reason is that the above-named Charles Vivian Hales "had graduated with honours at Liverpool University and was teaching at Birkenhead Grammar School" then, according to his father in Cumberland. His father, called plain Charles Hales, was about to retire after serving 41 years as head of a village school, and was interviewed by the Whitehaven News, when he made that proud statement about his son.
Both are ancestors of mine (despite them being Hales and me Hale) but I know nothing else of the son except that he had married Madeline Mary Peart in 1928. I am trying to further my researches, and would be grateful for your opinion.
Here is an email from Patricia Betts about former B.I. pupil Clifford John Rowlands. If anyone remembers Clifford, or has any more information about his time at the Birkenhead Institute, can you please let me know via the email address:-
I am researching the crash of a Wellington bomber in September 1944 near to Althorp Estate, Northamptonshire in which all the crew were killed. This is for a Memorial Book which I hope to publish later this year, via the Harpole Heritage Group. (Harpole is a small village nearest to the crash site)
One of the crew was Clifford John Rowlands who was a former pupil at Birkenhead Institute and is remembered in the Autumn edition 1944 in The Visor. I am hoping to touch upon the personal lives of these men in my book and not make it a formal publication.