QM Past and Present
“For many of us it had been over forty years since we had last seen Queen Margaret’s and - although many of the buildings looked the same - the school has clearly been totally transformed.”
1967 Reunion, May 2016
QM Past and Present
The landscape of QM is constantly changing, bringing new opportunities for students’ learning and enrichment in the shape of enhanced sports facilities, more spaces for arts & music or last year’s Annual Fund project to develop a new Quiet Garden within the School grounds.
With so many new developments taking place each year, it may come as a surprise to our visiting OMs to see how much of QM has in fact remained the same. Standing proudly in the courtyard of Scarborough House is the beloved Boar from our days at Castle Howard, whilst the end of term rush is accompanied by the familiar sight of open trunks lined up in Cloaks Corridor – and if you’re brave enough, the outdoor pool is still open during those slightly warmer summer months...
Our collection below is the beginning of what promises to be an exciting new phase of the School’s Archives plan, which will see the digitisation of our photographic records alongside existing hard copies currently looked after by the Development Team. This will allow us to preserve – and to share – the wealth of memories and history that has graciously been donated to the School by the QM Family over the last 100 years.
Take a look and see if you can spot any familiar faces in the galleries below.
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2011 - 2019
2001 - 2010
1991 - 2000
1981 - 1990
1971 - 1980
1961 - 1970
1951 - 1960
1941 - 1950
1931 - 1940
1921 - 1930
1911 - 1920
1901 - 1910
Who's That Face?
QM - Then and Now
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with your news and pictures, and let us know if you are happy for us to share these with other OMs. We publish OM news in our termly magazine “
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We are always keen to receive material for the QM Archive, from old School uniform to spare copies of
. If you have items that you would like to donate, or to send for photocopying (we would be happy to return the original via post), then please get in touch with either Alison Ruddick or Katie Harrison via our
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What A Boar!
The Escrick Boar he sits alone,
A stately figure on his own,
His long lost twin, his only kin,
Is twenty miles away,
At Castle Howard sat on a plinth,
Stood bold and on display.
The Escrick Boar has one ear broken,
He Left it somewhere as a token,
Is it Here?
Or is it there?
Can you find it anywhere?
We’ve searched and searched over and over,
From Castle Howard right down to Dover,
But we believe the ear was found
Upon Queen Margaret’s sacred ground,
We’ve heard some rumours
And some talk,
“One Sunday lunch it was served as pork.”
Year 1 Student, 1987
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