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Agricultural students at Njala Training College, Sierra Leone, at work on the experimental farm with Mr. G.C. Tayler, the Agricultural Assistant Officer, 1950 - 1959

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011U/119

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

A series of British Official photographs (Crown Copyright Reserved). Numbers 117-127 all have the following typewritten caption on the reverse:

'Young Sierra Leoneans train for battle against ignorance. The Njala Training College.
A college where young Sierra Leoneans can learn to become agricultural instructors, primary teachers, and forest rangers is run by the Sierra Leone Government at Njala, a day's journey from Freetown, the capital. On successful completion of their training, the boys are appointed to stations in the interior where their work is of the greatest help in combating illiteracy and ignorance and in spreading the rudiments of modern agricultural and forestry knowledge. The students represent nearly every tribe in Sierra Leone. Some are also accepted from the neighbouring British territory of Gambia whence they return after their training. The College is controlled and financed jointly by the Agricultural and Education Departments. It is well equipped with visual aids, scientific apparatus, and a recently installed talking cinema unit. The social life of the College includes football, cricket, indoor games, library and reading rooms and a Literary Circle. The staff of two Europeans and five Africans are seconded from the Agricultural and Education Departments. A large measure of responsibility is delegated to the students who govern themselves through an elected committee'.

Numbers 128-134 all have a typewritten caption on the reverse entitled 'Maternity and child welfare in Freetown, Sierra Leone'. However, these are all crossed out and the content, individual captions and reference numbers of each indicates that they are actually part of the same series as 117-127 as they all relate to Njala Training College.

The college became a constituent college of the University of Sierre Leone in 1966.


  • 1950 - 1959

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Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Good condition.

Former / Other Reference




Date information

DateText: Dated '1950s' in the original typescript catalogue..

Finding aid date

2003-10-28 12:10:32+00:00

Includes index.

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