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TITLE
Pen and ink well
EXTERNAL ID
AB_HFM_SCHOOL_048
PLACENAME
Newtonmore
DISTRICT
Badenoch
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Kingussie and Insh
CREATOR
Clare Maclean
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
362
KEYWORDS
dip pen
dip pens
desk
desks
blotting paper
ink well
ink wells
fountain pen
fountain pens
sand tray
sand trays
slates and pencils
ink monitor
ink monitors
ink pellets
Pen and ink well

This photograph shows a 'dip in' pen lying on a desk with blotting paper and ink well in the re-constructed Knockbain School at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. These pens were used until the 1960s when fountain pens became popular. Younger pupils used sand trays or slates and pencils to practise their writing and it was not until the children became reasonably competent that they were allowed to use these pens.

The ink wells were filled every morning by a designated pupil who was known as the 'ink monitor'. This was a prized position and was much sought after. The blotting paper was used to soak up any spilt ink and also to blot off the excess ink from the pupils work to prevent smudging. There was an alternative use for blotting paper - it could be soaked in the ink, rolled into tiny pellets and flicked across the room when teacher wasn't looking!

The school was originally erected about 1925 at Knockbain by Kirkhill, 13 kilometres from Inverness and was moved to the museum in 1998, opening in spring 2000. It is a pre-fabricated, timber framed, iron-clad building of a kind that was common in Scotland from the mid-1800s and measures 12 metres by 6 metres. It encloses 4 timber board rooms, namely a large classroom with a range to provide heat, a cloakroom with 3 washbasins, a small teacher's room and an adjoining teacher's toilet. The picture shows the large windows incorporated into the building to give a light, airy interior.

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Pen and ink well

INVERNESS: Kingussie and Insh

dip pen; dip pens; desk; desks; blotting paper; ink well; ink wells; fountain pen; fountain pens; sand tray; sand trays; slates and pencils; ink monitor; ink monitors; ink pellets

Am Baile

Highland Folk Museum Schoolhouse

This photograph shows a 'dip in' pen lying on a desk with blotting paper and ink well in the re-constructed Knockbain School at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore. These pens were used until the 1960s when fountain pens became popular. Younger pupils used sand trays or slates and pencils to practise their writing and it was not until the children became reasonably competent that they were allowed to use these pens. <br /> <br /> The ink wells were filled every morning by a designated pupil who was known as the 'ink monitor'. This was a prized position and was much sought after. The blotting paper was used to soak up any spilt ink and also to blot off the excess ink from the pupils work to prevent smudging. There was an alternative use for blotting paper - it could be soaked in the ink, rolled into tiny pellets and flicked across the room when teacher wasn't looking!<br /> <br /> The school was originally erected about 1925 at Knockbain by Kirkhill, 13 kilometres from Inverness and was moved to the museum in 1998, opening in spring 2000. It is a pre-fabricated, timber framed, iron-clad building of a kind that was common in Scotland from the mid-1800s and measures 12 metres by 6 metres. It encloses 4 timber board rooms, namely a large classroom with a range to provide heat, a cloakroom with 3 washbasins, a small teacher's room and an adjoining teacher's toilet. The picture shows the large windows incorporated into the building to give a light, airy interior.