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Achimota College, West Africa, 1945

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3011U/194-225

Scope and Contents

A series of British Official photographs (Crown Copyright Reserved) measuring 255 x 210 mm. They each have the following typewritten caption on the reverse:

'Achimota College, in the Gold Coast seven miles inland from Accra is West Africa's great co-educational boarding school, where 600 West African boys and girls receive as complete an education as European or American children. It is a secondary school, teacher's training college and university rolled into one, and in planning, design and equipment it bears comparison with any educational institution anywhere. Its erection in 1925 cost £660,000 and its maintenance costs are £50,000 annually. It possesses a swimming pool, extensive playing fields, a nature reserve, a demonstration farm and a model village for the college employees. It also has its own hospital, museum, library and printing press. The students live in residential blocks spaced round the grounds, each holding 60 students and divided into 4 dormitories'.


  • Creation: 1945


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32 item(s) (32 images)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Presented in 1984 by the Institute of Education.

Related Materials

These form part of a long series, for details of which see Y30448H. 26 of these photographs are duplicated in that collection.




Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Ministry of Information, West African Photographic Service

Finding aid date

2003-10-30 16:23:04+00:00

Includes index.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge University Library Repository

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