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Skills Collection

"Unleashing the Power of Skills: From Shoemaking to Fencing, Carpentry to Firefighting" Step into a world of craftsmanship as various shoemaking tools weave their magic

Background imageSkills Collection: Hockey - Footwork, Dribbling and Passing demonstrated

Hockey - Footwork, Dribbling and Passing demonstrated. Date: circa 1910s

Background imageSkills Collection: Leather making and tannery tools

Leather making and tannery tools
Various tools used in tannery and leather making, including a knife, pincers and a hook

Background imageSkills Collection: Various shoemaking tools

Various shoemaking tools
Various tools used by a shoemaker or cobbler, including scissors, pliers, hammers, a skewer, a ruler and strong thread

Background imageSkills Collection: Workshop of a cooper (barrel maker)

Workshop of a cooper (barrel maker)
The workshop of a cooper or barrel maker, with examples of the finished product out in the street

Background imageSkills Collection: Fencing positions

Fencing positions
Page demonstrating the various positions adopted during fencing. Date: 1930

Background imageSkills Collection: Womens Institute activities during the First World War

Womens Institute activities during the First World War, making jam and wicker baskets to help with the war effort. 1915

Background imageSkills Collection: Workshop of a carpenter and joiner

Workshop of a carpenter and joiner
The workshop of a carpenter and joiner, with various activities taking place

Background imageSkills Collection: Boys Swimming, Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hants

Boys Swimming, Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hants
Boys from the Training Ship Mercury swimming nude in the River Hamble. The Mercury, established in 1885 by the London philanthropist Charles Hoare

Background imageSkills Collection: Workshop of a saddler and upholsterer

Workshop of a saddler and upholsterer
The workshop of a saddler and upholsterer, with finished items including trunks, bags and a chair (top right)

Background imageSkills Collection: More Golfing Notes, by William Heath Robinson

More Golfing Notes, by William Heath Robinson
Some suggestions for the novice. Illustrations showing various devices to assist golfing skills. Please note: Credit must appear as Courtesy of the Estate of Mrs J.C.Robinson/Pollinger Ltd/ILN/Mary

Background imageSkills Collection: Met Police cadets giving a display

Met Police cadets giving a display
A group of Metropolitan Police cadets in sports gear, giving a display of their athletic skills. Seven poles are held in place so that seven cadets can climb up and sit at the top

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hampshire

Training Ship Mercury, River Hamble, Hampshire
The Training Ship Mercury was established in 1885 by the London philanthropist Charles Hoare. The ship, a barque previously named Illova, was originally moored at Binstead on the Isle of Wight

Background imageSkills Collection: NFS firefighters at assault course training camp, WW2

NFS firefighters at assault course training camp, WW2
With a dramatic reduction in enemy attacks on London after the Blitz (1940-41) firemen and firewomen had to be kept gainfully employed and a high level of fitness and preparedness maintained

Background imageSkills Collection: NFS firefighter at a training camp, WW2

NFS firefighter at a training camp, WW2
With a dramatic reduction in enemy attacks on London after the Blitz (1940-41) firemen and firewomen had to be kept gainfully employed and a high level of fitness and preparedness maintained

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Mercury and boys racing crew, River Hamble

Training Ship Mercury and boys racing crew, River Hamble
The racing crew of the training ship Mercury with the ship itself in the background. The Mercury, established in 1885 by Charles Hoare, was originally based at Binstead, Isle of Wight

Background imageSkills Collection: Poster advertising Pollards Storefitters

Poster advertising Pollards Storefitters, showing workmen busy with their carpentry. 20th century

Background imageSkills Collection: The Brigantine

The Brigantine " Steadfast" - a companion vessel to the Metropolitan Asylums Board Training Ship " Exmouth"

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill

Training Ship Exmouth, dumb bell drill
Uniformed boys on the deck of the Training Ship Exmouth perform dumb bell drill. The Exmouth, moored off Grays in Essex, was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a naval training establishment

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Exmouth

Training Ship Exmouth
The Training Ship Exmouth, operated from 1876 by the Metropolitan Asylums Board on the River Thames off Grays, Essex. In 1903

Background imageSkills Collection: Boys Band, Training Ship Indefatigable

Boys Band, Training Ship Indefatigable
The Boys Band of the Training Ship Indefatigable pose for their photograph in a field, near a tent -- probably at a local fete where they were performing

Background imageSkills Collection: Builders at work

Builders at work in the foreground, with partially completed buildings in the background

Background imageSkills Collection: Range of bakery tools and ingredients

Range of bakery tools and ingredients
A range of bakery tools and ingredients, including a pair of scales, a bucket, a sieve, mixing paddles and a sack of flour

Background imageSkills Collection: Various butchery tools

Various butchery tools
Tools used in butchery, including a mallet, a chopper, an axe, and various knives and cleavers

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Exmouth, full crew

Training Ship Exmouth, full crew
Full group photo of the crew of the Training Ship Exmouth. The Exmouth, moored off Grays in Essex, was used by the Metropolitan Asylums Board as a naval training establishment for pauper children

Background imageSkills Collection: Jasper Maskelyne

Jasper Maskelyne
JASPER MASKELYNE English stage magician who used his skills of illusion in the Middle East during World War Two

Background imageSkills Collection: Advertisement, James Figg, sword fighting, boxing

Advertisement, James Figg, sword fighting, boxing
Advertisement for the services of the champion boxer James Figg - teaching gentlemen the use of the small backsword and quarterstaff, at home and abroad

Background imageSkills Collection: Woman police officer in self-defence exercise

Woman police officer in self-defence exercise
Woman police officer (Moya Wood-Heath) taking part in a self-defence demonstration exercise at an outdoor event, watched by spectators. Date: circa early 1970s

Background imageSkills Collection: Jockeys riding in horse race, spectators in background, side view

Jockeys riding in horse race, spectators in background, side view

Background imageSkills Collection: Jack Wilding, head cheesemaker at Minsterley Creameries, 12 miles from Shrewsbury

Jack Wilding, head cheesemaker at Minsterley Creameries, 12 miles from Shrewsbury, who gains the MBE for boosting production 35% in the 12 Years he has held his position

Background imageSkills Collection: Young Native American Indian boy learning to shoot his bow

Young Native American Indian boy learning to shoot his bow and arrow - USA. Date: circa 1950s

Background imageSkills Collection: Official wording, Apprenticeship Indenture

Official wording, Apprenticeship Indenture
Official wording of an Apprenticeship Indenture, between John Henry Watson of 3 Newland Street, Derby, and Messrs John Davis & Son (Derby) Limited

Background imageSkills Collection: Odin and Gunnlod

Odin and Gunnlod
Odin (Wodan) acquires the skills of poetry by seducing Gunnlod, daughter of Suttung, guardian of the mead of poetry

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Formidable, Portishead, Bristol

Training Ship Formidable, Portishead, Bristol
The Training Ship Formidable, moored in the Bristol Channel at Portishead, was established in 1869 as an Industrial Training establishment

Background imageSkills Collection: Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks

Bethune-Cookman College, Daytona Beach, Florida, 1943. Creator: Gordon Parks
Daytona Beach, Florida. Bethune-Cookman College. Girl welder in the NYA (National Youth Administration) school

Background imageSkills Collection: Alfieri. Army Training. No. 30 Physical Development Centre. Barracks. 1942. 1st May 1942

Alfieri. Army Training. No. 30 Physical Development Centre. Barracks. 1942. 1st May 1942
Alfieri. Army Training. No.30 Physical Development Centre. Barracks. 1942. 1st May 1942

Background imageSkills Collection: Front cover, Apprenticeship Indenture

Front cover, Apprenticeship Indenture
Front cover of an Apprenticeship Indenture, between John Henry Watson and Messrs John Davis & Son (Derby) Limited. (1 of 2) Date: 3 January 1902

Background imageSkills Collection: Laundry at Shirley Schools, near Croydon, Surrey

Laundry at Shirley Schools, near Croydon, Surrey
Inmates ironing clothes and linen in the laundry at the Shirley Schools, near Croydon, Surrey, established in 1904 by the St Olave Union to house pauper children away from the workhouse

Background imageSkills Collection: Salvation Army elevator

Salvation Army elevator
Men at work sorting waste paper in a Salvation Army Elevator. Elevators, which aimed to help the unskilled or unemployed, combined a factory space together with hostel accommodation for those working

Background imageSkills Collection: Pitmans School, Southampton Row, London

Pitmans School, Southampton Row, London - School Building of the famous Secretarial School, teaching secretarial skills such as shorthand and typing

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Southampton, Hull, Yorkshire

Training Ship Southampton, Hull, Yorkshire
The Southampton Industrial Training Ship was established on the Humber, at Hull, in 1868. Boys aged 11-15, placed there by magistrates, were trained in seamanship

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Warspite, Greenhithe, Kent

Training Ship Warspite, Greenhithe, Kent
The Training Ship Warspite at anchor on the River Thames at Greenhithe, Kent. The Warspite, established by the Marine Society in 1876, was originally moored at Woolwich

Background imageSkills Collection: Band Advertisement, Training Ship Wellesley, North Shields

Band Advertisement, Training Ship Wellesley, North Shields
Advertisement offering the services of the Band of the Training Ship Wellesley, on the River Tyne at North Shields, Northumberland

Background imageSkills Collection: Carpentry & plumbing, Training Ship Wellesley, North Shields

Carpentry & plumbing, Training Ship Wellesley, North Shields
Boys learning carpentry and plumbing on the Training Ship Wellesley, on the River Tyne at North Shields, Northumberland. In 1868

Background imageSkills Collection: Training Ship Wellesley, North Shields, Northumberland

Training Ship Wellesley, North Shields, Northumberland
The Training Ship Wellesley, on the River Tyne at North Shields, Northumberland. In 1868, James Hall and other local businessmen set up a charity to provide shelter for Tyneside waifs

Background imageSkills Collection: Laundry at National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Herts

Laundry at National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Herts
Girls iron and fold clean washing in the laundry at the National Childrens Home, Harpenden, Hertfordshire

Background imageSkills Collection: Jesus as a boy, carrying a plank of wood

Jesus as a boy, carrying a plank of wood
Jesus as a boy, carrying a wooden plank through the streets of Nazareth

Background imageSkills Collection: Southend F. C training for cup tie. 29th January 1921. Captain Arthur Whalley skipping

Southend F. C training for cup tie. 29th January 1921. Captain Arthur Whalley skipping
Southend F.C training for cup tie. 29th January 1921. Captain Arthur Whalley skipping

Background imageSkills Collection: Untiring: Ken Barnes, noted for his 90-minute displays. April 1956 P005552

Untiring: Ken Barnes, noted for his 90-minute displays. April 1956 P005552



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"Unleashing the Power of Skills: From Shoemaking to Fencing, Carpentry to Firefighting" Step into a world of craftsmanship as various shoemaking tools weave their magic, creating masterpieces that stand the test of time. During the First World War, women's skills shone bright at the Women's Institute activities, proving their mettle in every aspect and supporting the war effort. Explore the artistry behind fencing positions – where agility and precision combine to create an exhilarating display of skill and strategy. Enter the workshop of a cooper (barrel maker) and witness firsthand how age-old techniques blend with modern expertise to craft sturdy vessels for storing precious liquids. Hockey enthusiasts showcase their footwork, dribbling finesse, and passing accuracy on the field – a testament to their dedication in honing these essential skills. Journey into the workshop of a carpenter and joiner where wood is transformed into functional works of art through meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail. Witness bravery unfold as NFS firefighters undergo rigorous training at a camp during World War II – preparing themselves for any challenge that comes their way. Met Police cadets captivate audiences with their impeccable discipline and precise movements during an impressive display showcasing their acquired skills. Set sail towards excellence aboard Training Ship Mercury on River Hamble, Hampshire – nurturing young minds with invaluable life skills while fostering camaraderie among future leaders. Delve into leather making and tannery tools - witness artisans transform raw materials into luxurious goods through skillful techniques passed down through generations. Relive history as NFS firefighters conquer challenging assault courses during World War II training camps - pushing boundaries while mastering vital firefighting skills under pressure. William Heath Robinson shares his golfing notes; discover his whimsical yet insightful take on this beloved sport - reminding us that even in leisure they can be honed and perfected.