Written by Abigail Wharne, Archivist
Thursday, 03 December 2015

Can you guess what the last boy played!? This image is taken from Dorothy Isabella Fenwick’s notebook. From 1929 to 1948, she was a matron at Brighton College: in Stenning House, School House, the Junior School and finally Bristol House. She retired in 1948 and lived in Walpole Terrace, Brighton.

We know very little about the notebook, other than the fact it was donated to the Archive by Dorothy herself, before she passed away in 1971, and the images were created during the First World War. She was well-loved by boys at the College, and her obituary in the Brightonian Magazine states:

"Miss Fenwick had a great gift of friendship besides being one of the most amusing women one could meet."

Can you remember Miss Fenwick? Her skills in drawing were fantastic. Did she continue to draw while she worked at Brighton College?

Abigail Wharne


Abigail joined the Development team in April 2015, having previously worked for the University of Sussex Special Collections, East Sussex Record Office and Towner Art Gallery. She regularly answers historical enquiries and catalogues archive material, so that it can be accessed by College staff and the public.

Abigail also manages the school’s heritage collections, including rare books and a wide range of artefacts. As a qualified teacher, she enjoys using archives to inspire and educate Brighton College pupils.

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