Classroom Slate with Pencil

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Classroom slate

Donated by A. G. Pringle
Museum number 1978-910

This slate belonged to a pupil at Harris Academy in 1888. Children in the lower standards (or classes) wrote on a slate which could be wiped clean again and again before moving on to copybooks.

By 1850 the proportion of children going to school in Dundee was considerably lower than in the rest of Scotland. Children from working class families received little or no schooling: many families had to send their children to work in the mills to bring in more money.

Classroom Slate with Pencil
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