Dr Williams' School Old Girls Association

Second formers sitting on a school bridge 1939
LL40 2SW

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Dr Williams’ School, Dolgellau first opened its doors to pupils in 1878. It closed just short of its centenary in 1975. A non-denominational school, DWS took in girls from the local area as well as boarders from across the UK and beyond. The school had an important role in the early history of secondary education for girls in Wales. 

The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Wales, has worked in partnership with the Record Office in Dolgellau, the University of Aberystwyth, a core group of volunteers, two project workers and a web designer.

A  book ‘Honour Before Honours- - The DWS Story’ by Merfyn Wyn Tomos was also funded by HLF Wales and published in 2009.

Contact Details:
The Dr Williams’ School collection has been catalogued and may be accessed by appointment: Meirionnydd Record Office, Bala Road, Dolgellau, Gwynedd LL40 2YF, Tel 01341 424682. 

Learning Programmes:
The Dr Williams’ School’s story is told online by women who went to the school; through their images and documents, alongside records held in Gwynedd Archives and research undertaken specifically for the website (see link above). Information for teachers is available under Resources and Activities.

Today the school can be visited virtually (see website link above). Images, documents, stories and audio files conjure a vivid picture of an education in Wales and a unique community once integral to the life of the town.

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