G.P. Burstow (H. 1924-29)
Written by Joyce Heater, Honorary College Archivist
Sunday, 18 June 2006

Those of you who remember Philip Burstow will know of his life-long devotion to Brighton College both as a boy and master. In 1929 he joined the staff of Brighton College Preparatory School which was then in Lewes Crescent, and remained in what later became the Junior School until his death in 1975.

He was Second Master from 1945 and his enthusiasm for teaching (especially History) and his fanatical belief in the value of Games (especially Cricket – he ran the Junior School 1st XI for 35 seasons) inspired generations of school boys. However, his interests were not confined to school-mastering and his other great passion was Archaeology.

This year marks the Centenary of the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society and to celebrate the occasion there is to be an exhibition ‘Digging the Dirt’ which will open on 27th October, 2006 at Hove Museum. Brighton Museum has contacted me because it is hoped to include memories of important figures in the Society’s history.

Philip Burstow was one of its most notable members and former colleagues and pupils are invited to share their memories of him, especially re his archaeological interests. We know from his diaries that Brighton College boys sometimes accompanied him on digs to Ranscombe Camp, Itford and Mount Caburn.

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