The School’s historical archives, housed in School House, contain records in a variety of formats relating to the history of the school, its administration and members dating from the nineteenth century to the present day. The collection includes school, staff and sports photographs, administrative records and school magazines, including The Eagle and Eagle News, uniform, artefacts and memorabilia relating to all aspects of the school’s history and activities.

Filling the gaps

A cataloguing project is currently underway and the School Archivist would welcome any items relating to the history of BMS or individual staff or OBMS. In particular, there are significant gaps in the photograph collection and the Archivist would love to hear from anyone who may be willing to donate or copy photographs from their time at the school.

BMS at War

A Roll of Honour for all OBMs who died during the First World War has been compiled from the School’s memorials and records in the archive. A PDF of the full list of names can be downloaded here. In addition, a School WW1 community site, containing images and additional information, has been set up on the IWM’s Lives of the First World War website. Further details, together with information on the School’s other war memorials, commemorating those who died in the Boer War, Second World War and Korean War, can be found at here.

For more information about Bedford Modern School and the First World War click here.

Records held elsewhere

Some early records were transferred to the Bedfordshire Archives Service prior to 1996 and are available for access by researchers by appointment. Further details, including a catalogue of the records and photographs held (with the archive reference BMS), can be found here

The old BMS Museum, formed in 1884, became the nucleus of the new Bedford Museum in the 1960s. Many of the former collections, sent in to the School by OBMs from around the world, are displayed in the Collectors Gallery at the renamed Higgins Museum in Bedford. Please click here to find out more about the museum. 

Contact details:

Any enquiries relating to the archive or possible donations should be sent for the attention of: 

School Archivist
Kate Doughty
01234 332691