Category Archives: Schools and Education

Dover Public Library Part II – From Winning to Broken Promises

It had taken almost 100 years to get a public library in Dover and this opened on 13 March 1935 at 6 Biggin Street – 85 years after the introduction of the first Public Libraries Act of 1850. The Act had permitted councils to use ratepayers’ … Continue reading

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Dover Public Library Part I – the Long Road to Winning

‘We don’t need a public library‘ said the woman with all the authority of her position, ‘I have never used it and the children I have spoken to, don’t either. Therefore it should be left to volunteers.’ This view, is a … Continue reading

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Objection to proposed changes at Dover Library

Over the last decade, we have seen the Dover library service, situated in the Dover Discovery Centre –  Market Square,  run down with the closure of the separate Children’s library, the demise of the Reference library and the reduction of … Continue reading

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Dover’s Art and Technical Schools – Colleges

It was in 1868 that Dover’s School of Science and Art opened. It was founded by Sir Henry Cole (1808-1882) in connection with South Kensington School of Art. Looked upon as a pauper’s school, it was first located in Cambridge House … Continue reading

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Duke of York’s Royal Military School and the Legend of the Lone Tree

The original Duke of York’s Royal Military School was founded in 1803 by an 1801 Royal Warrant. Called the Royal Military Asylum it was located in Chelsea. It was the time of the Napoleonic Wars (1793-1815) and Frederick Augustus, Duke of … Continue reading

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