This page is your gateway to our repository of archive material which we have collected since we started in 2001. Here you have access to photos, documents, audio recordings, interviews, archive film footage and the major archives: The Kingsland Archive donated by Robert Kingsland, The John Francis Archive, and the Woodward Archive compiled and presented to us by Graham Mitchell.
That unforgettable smell of developing chemicals, an old enlarger, plastic trays and curly Ilford paper hanging up to dry..... Certainly some of the old black and white photographs on show in these albums over 50 years later will have first hit fresh air when they emerged from that mysterious 'darkroom' at the back of the Physics Lab. Enjoy them all, they are now part of social history.
Our Image Archive at present holds over 2000 photographs and scanned documents we have collected since 2001. They are conveniently arranged in galleries and all images (of suitable size) may be downloaded for printing.
We have several hours of listening for you here in the Sound Archive from interviews with ex-masters to all four LP records made by the School Band between 1969 and 1973 and a copy of 'Trial by Jury'.
Sadly only a few films on record here at the moment but we are hoping to expand our offering in the near future.
The 1969 School trip to the United States is featured and 'Morocco Bound' an overland trip undertaken in 1970. If you were from Orpington there's some nostalgia for you too in our Film Archive
The Kingsland Archive consists of 163 photographs and documents retained by Headmaster John Kingsland on his retirement in 1996. His son Robert kindly allowed us access to scan this collection for online viewing and the whole was safely lodged with the Archive Department at Bromley Library in December 2015.
The archive is no longer listed separately but all 163 images are included under their respective headings.
John Francis is an old friend of founder pupil Andrew Baxter who asked him recently about the circumstances surrounding the finding of the valuable archive which he discovered.
He remembers being in the car repair room, the one with the grid doors. In the room was the air compressor, used for pumping up tyres, working air tools, and for paint spraying. He said that the compressor had packed up, due to the condensate valve being blocked. He said that he got down on his hands and knees to fiddle with the valve and noticed the archive wedged under the compressor and against the wall.
He said it couldn't be seen from above. It was a bit of luck that the valve blocked, otherwise the archive would still be there! It was so lucky that John knew Andrew to give the archive to, otherwise he would have handed it in to Kemnal Manor. Would it then ever have resurfaced for us to see?
What eludes us is when the John Francis Archive was put there, and by whom? Mr Kingsland?, Mr Davis? another master? Was it put there by Mr Kingsland when he retired? By another when the school went from CVTHS to Kemnal? It may always be an unsolved mystery.
This archive is now safely stored at Bromley Library. Over 200 images which were contained in the archive are listed individually under their own headings in the Image Archive and you can listen to Adrian Appley informing Reg Mayo about its 'discovery' in the Sound Archive.
In 2010 Graham Mitchell not only took the trouble to scan the 200 documents which make up this wonderful, musically flavoured archive but also visited the home of Peter Woodward to interview him.
Graham hopes you will enjoy this nostalgic trip back to the many days from 1963 to 1973 when Cray Valley Technical High School’s musical achievements were under Peter Woodward' direction.
The official CVTHS Historian Rod Dengate and his colleague Norman Baldwin have both worked hard to collate all available archive material, catalogue it and safely deposit it with Bromley Library. Read more about the committee's activities here.
The first School magazine ‘Rook’ was published in July 1955 at the end of the very first year in the life of Cray Valley Technical School and ended 21 years later with the 1975 edition. All editions were printed letterpress under Leo Walmsley's watchful eye. Now all 900+ pages are available to view right HERE
'Tuplitsa' was the name of the 6th Form Newspaper and you can read four editions HERE
Have you been harbouring a guilty secret since you left Cray Valley? Were you responsible for a prank and nobody ever found out it was you? Here, right behind the bike sheds, is the place to wipe your conscience clean and tell all. Nobody will mind anymore and we can all have a good laugh!
Between November 2001 when our website was established and October 2009 when we introduced the Blog we had a ‘Visitor’s Book’. Following a variety of technical mishaps mid-decade a chunk of the earlier archive went 'missing’ (long story but I blame it on Windows!). However, here are the surviving 43 entries which still make interesting reading. Some of the contributors are sadly no longer with us but their spirit lives on.
Between October 2005 and May 2010, before we introduced The Blog, the most interesting emails sent us by old boys were published on the original website. Here you can view 78 of these original emails.