The records of Radbrook College held by Shropshire Archives have now been catalogued (SA ref ED8914)
The records give a unique insight into the beginning of further education for girls in the county in the early 20th century, as well as showing the changes during the century as the college developed. In addition to administrative and staff records, the collection includes a large number of photographs, as well as over 600 books and printed items.
The Shropshire Technical School for Girls opened in 1901 at Radbrook on the outskirts of Shrewsbury in purpose-built accommodation and was mainly financed by Salop County Council. The college aimed to provide education to enable girls to become efficient heads of households and farmers’ wives, and also provided training for those going into domestic service. Courses included dairying, poultry keeping, cookery and household management.
The development of the girls’ technical school was part of a national scheme to provide technical education for those who had left school. It was mirrored by the establishment of the Boys Technical School in Shrewsbury, later the Wakeman school.
By the 1940s the college was renamed the Shropshire College of domestic subjects and dairy work and in the 1950s it became Radbrook College. In 1977 the college became part of the wider Shrewsbury Technical College.
A culinary museum was established on the site in the 1980s which managed and collected artefacts, archives and books. In 2014 the college closed and the site was sold for building.
The collections of the Culinary Museum were then transferred to Shropshire Archives, and to Shropshire Museums Service.