Bright, J.A.
Introduction
John A. Bright
Arrangement

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
2. Personal Correspondence
3. Articles
4. Diaries, Memoirs
5. Photographic Material
Printed material
Reference code: GB-0033-SAD
Title: Bright, J.A.
Dates of creation:
Extent: 0.5 box
Held by: Durham University Library, Archives and Special Collections: Sudan Archive
Created by: material relating to service in the Sudan
Language: English

John A. Bright

1939-1945 Tutor at Gordon Memorial College, Khartoum
1946-1949 Master at Wadi Seidna Secondary School
1946-1947 Seconded to the Institute of Education, London
1949-1953 Inspector, Institute of Education (Bakht er Ruda), Ed Dueim, Khartoum
1953-1955 Chief Inspector, Bakht er Ruda
1956-1965 Teacher training, Makerere, Uganda
1967 Return visit to Bakht er Ruda


Arrangement

1. Official Papers
2. Personal Correspondence
3. Articles
4. Diaries, Memoirs
5. Photographic Material
6. Printed Material

Catalogue
1. Official Papers
SAD.727/7/1-6
1952 Sep
Bakht er Ruda letter, explaining the workings of the Institute of Education New Series no 4
SAD.727/7/7-8
1954
Summary by J.A.B. of work done 1953-54 at Dueim and White Nile Schools and in preparing syllabus handbooks for both schools and teacher training
2. Personal Correspondence
SAD.727/7/9-15
949-1952
Correspondence between J.A.B. and Gurrey, formerly of the Institute of Education in London
SAD.727/7/9-10
1949 Apr 17
J.A.B. to Gurrey re problems facing him in the expansion of the Intermediate Schools, notably the shortage of teachers and the introduction of Arabic teaching in the schools of the South, and re his development of a card index of recurrent errors
SAD.727/7/11
1949 May 26
J.A.B. re the effects of the latest strike
SAD.727/7/12-13
1949 May 26
J.A.B. re his work on editing Elizabeth Fry for Longman's Lives of achievement series and his transfer to Bakht er Ruda as supervisor of the Emergency Training College
SAD.727/7/14
1952 Feb 6
Gurrey requesting an article by J.A.B. on the teaching of English in the Sudan and re the merits of oral work
SAD.727/7/15
1952 Dec 6
J.A.B. re the disruption caused by strikes and the success of the school at Kassala
SAD.727/7/16-32
1950 Oct 28 - 1952 Jan 26
Correspondence between J.A.B. and Gatenby, Professor at Ankara
SAD.727/7/16-17
1950 Oct 28
Gatenby re the success of English language teaching in Turkey and J.A.B.'s criticisms of his Direct Method English course
SAD.727/7/18-26
1951 Jan 11
J.A.B. re the history of English language teaching in the Sudan, textbooks in current use and problems arising from using Gatenby's Direct Method ...
SAD.727/7/27-29
1951 Mar 20
Gatenby recommending teaching methods suitable for adoption in Sudanese schools
SAD.727/7/30-31
1951 Sep 13
J.A.B. re the progress of pupils taught by Gatenby's Direct Method
SAD.727/7/32
1952 Jan 26
Gatenby - continuation of letter of 20 Mar 1951
SAD.727/7/33-35
1951 Feb 6 - 16
Letters from J.A.B. to his wife during an inspection tour in the Western Sudan
SAD.727/7/33
1951 Feb 6
From Nahud describing the journey from Kosti to El Obeid by train and to Nahud by lorry
SAD.727/7/34
1951 Feb 13
From El Fasher describing the journey from Nahud and his inspection of Fasher school
SAD.727/7/35
1950 Feb 16
From Nyala. Further description of Fasher school, El Fasher town and the journey to Nyala
SAD.727/2/52-59
1953-1954
Extracts from Christmas newsletters from J.A.B. to his family and friends
SAD.727/2/52-61
1953
Newsletter, containing an account of an inspection tour in Northern Sudan, visiting schools in Shendi, Atbara, Kerima, Goled, Argo Island, Abri, Halfa and in Southern Sudan visiting Atar, Malakal, Juba, Okaru, Loka, Meridi, Tonj and Bussere
SAD.727/2/62-69
1954
Newsletter describing events of the last year including an inspection tour of schools in Kosti, Singa, Wad Medani, Abu Ushur, Hassaheissa and Rufaa
3. Articles
SAD.727/7/36-40
[c. 1953]
“What whould you do?” - a response by J.A.B. to an article by Dr. West in E.L.T. about teaching English to classes of 40, based on his experiences at Bakht er Ruda
4. Diaries, Memoirs
SAD.727/8/1-24
1945 May 5-25
Diary of J.A.B. covering the journey from Khartoum on leave to Kenya. Describes travel by train to Kosti, on the steamer Omdurman stopping at Melut, Malakal, Adok, Bor, Terakaka and Mongalla, by car to Juba and Nimule, on the steamers Lugard, Robert Coryndon and Stanley and finally by train to Limuru in Kenya. Account of life on board steamer and description of riverside scenes, birds, etc.
SAD.727/8/25-42
1945 May 5-25
Parallel diary of Mrs. P. Bright covering the same journey as above
SAD.727/8/43-58
1946 Jan 12 - Mar 27
Diary by Mrs. P. Bright of the opening of Wadi Seidna School, originally built in 1939 but occupied during the war years as a military hospital and by the United States and South African air forces. Includes a list of staff (727/8/45), account of a student demonstration on 7 Mar (727/8/55) and account of the opening from The Sudan Star (727/8/58)
SAD.727/9/1-65
1952 Jan 2 - May 20, 1953 Jan 10-18
Diary of J.A.B. containing a mixture of personal and family news and details of teaching at White Nile School and Gordon Memorial College. Includes references to R. Hodgkin and G.C. Scott. From 30 Apr - 20 May 1952 the entries cover leave in England
SAD.727/2/1-51
1939-1967
Memoirs of J.A.B.'s career as a teacher in the Sudan including descriptions of various teaching institutions and teaching methods employed:
SAD.727/2/1-6
1939-1945
At the Gordon College and later Omdurman Secondary School, describing the development of a syllabus
SAD.727/2/6-8
1946-1947
Seconded to the Institute of Education, London, under Gurrey where he edited a simplified version of Nicholas Nickleby and Mr. Squeers. Discusses the value of teaching grammar in Sudan schools
SAD.727/2/9
1947-1949
Return to secondary school teaching in the Sudan - a period disrupted by numerous strikes
SAD.727/2/10-13
Appendix - “The technical details of the process of simplification”
SAD.727/2/14-46
1950-1955
At the Institute of Education, Bakht er Ruda. Describes the early days at Bakht er Ruda and the contribution of V.L. Griffiths to its development. Brief mention of earlier visits to Bakht er Ruda in 1943 and 1944. From 1950, the chief concern was the reform of the intermediate schools. J.A.B. gives details of Bakht er Ruda principles and teaching methods, the development of teacher training, inspection, examinations, criticisms of over-centralisation and rigid syllabuses, teaching of hand-writing and oral work
SAD.727/2/46-50
1967
Return visit to the Sudan. Evaluation of progress at Bakht er Ruda and in the secondary schools
5. Photographic Material
SAD.729/22/1-182
1945-1955
Album of photographs covering the years at Wadi Seidna, Omdurman and Bakht er Ruda. All are unlabelled but notes have been provided by J.A.B. (see enclosed)
SAD.729/22/1
Baker, teacher at Wadi Seidna
SAD.729/22/2
W.M. Farquarson-Lang, Headmaster Wadi Seidna School at the swimming pool
SAD.729/22/3
Margaret Dale, wife of Gordon Dale, Science Master at Omdurman Secondary School
SAD.729/22/4
Robin Hodgkin - later Principal Bakht er Ruda
SAD.729/22/5
G.C. Scott
SAD.729/22/6
Elizabeth Hodgkin, wife of Robin Hodgkin
SAD.729/22/8
Mrs. P. Bright with wives of two Egyptian members of staff
SAD.729/22/9
Sitt Batul of the Midwives Training School in Omdurman
SAD.729/22/10
Shaikh Babikr Badri - pioneer of non-Government education and girls' education
SAD.729/22/13-14
The cast of St Joan produced at Wadi Seidna in 1947 or 1948
SAD.729/22/15
The cast of She stoops to conquer - Omdurman 1944
SAD.729/22/16-18
Maintenance work on school sailing boats
SAD.729/22/19
Sailing on the Nile
SAD.729/22/20
Felucca
SAD.729/22/21
J.A.B.
SAD.729/22/22
Lateen-rigged felucca under way
SAD.729/22/23
Putting the school boats in for the season
SAD.729/22/24
Scrub by the river bank at Wadi Seidna
SAD.729/22/25
'The Malik' - H.Q. of Khartoum one-designs
SAD.729/22/26-30
Boat races off Khartoum
SAD.729/22/31-35
School uniforms, old and new
SAD.729/22/32
Assembly at start of an Intermediate School day
SAD.729/22/36
Muhammad Ahmad `Abbas Fagir - J.A.B.'s suffragi
SAD.729/22/37
Sudanese on donkey
SAD.729/22/38
Fixing a mosquito net to an `anqarib
SAD.729/22/39
J.A.B.'s cook
SAD.729/22/40-44
Building a new mosque, possibly Omdurman
SAD.729/22/45
Khartoum zoo
SAD.729/22/46
Moving house
SAD.729/22/48
Gordon College
SAD.729/22/49-53
Staff at Wadi Seidna school. See notes for names
SAD.729/22/54
Farquarson-Lang, Sheila Lang and Polly Bright
SAD.729/22/55
Sheila Lang
SAD.729/22/56
Lewis Brown
SAD.729/22/57
Group of wives
SAD.729/22/58
Mrs. Petrie
SAD.729/22/59
Polly Bright
SAD.729/22/60
Making mud pies
SAD.729/22/61
Bright sitting-room at Wadi Seidna
SAD.729/22/62
Peter and Jane Bright on verandah
SAD.729/22/63
Tea on the verandah
SAD.729/22/64-66
Bright house and garden at Wadi Seidna
SAD.729/22/67
Peter Hall
SAD.729/22/68
Taking pupils to Khartoum in the lorry
SAD.729/22/69
Barbara and Harold Winkle
SAD.729/22/70
Evelyn and Peter Hall
SAD.729/22/71-74
Views of Wadi Seidna School
SAD.729/22/75-78
Robin and Elizabeth Hodgkin's house at Bakht er Ruda
SAD.729/22/79
Herd of camels
SAD.729/22/80
Gecko on mosquito wiring
SAD.729/22/81-82
Approach of a habub
SAD.729/22/83
The mess in Dueim
SAD.729/22/84
Bright dining/sitting-room
SAD.729/22/85-86
Typical British staff-house
SAD.729/22/87-88
Centre and square at Bakht er Ruda
SAD.729/22/89
Pupils playing volley-ball
SAD.729/22/90
Staff housing
SAD.729/22/91
Phil Dickens, Head of Midwives Training School with Peter Bright
SAD.729/22/93
Field
SAD.729/22/94
Keith Henderson, Neale, Field, Eric Bachelor and Charles Smith
SAD.729/22/95
Viking aeroplane
SAD.729/22/96
Wadi Seidna lorry
SAD.729/22/97
Khartoum zoo
SAD.729/22/98-102
Sheila Lang entertaining staff wives
SAD.729/22/103
The fortnightly steamer at Dueim
SAD.729/22/104
Bringing a felucca ashore
SAD.729/22/105
The ra`is at work
SAD.729/22/106
Loading a barge
SAD.729/22/107
The first class deck with bug hutch
SAD.729/22/109
The Winkles
SAD.729/22/111
The Petries
SAD.729/22/112-116
Assorted British dwellers at Wadi Seidna
SAD.729/22/117
Bakht er Ruda
SAD.729/22/119
Christopher Hodgkin
SAD.729/22/120
Elizabeth Hodgkin
SAD.729/22/122
Robin Hodgkin and son
SAD.729/22/123,125
J.A.B. sailing
SAD.729/22/126,129
Saqiyah at Bakht er Ruda
SAD.729/22/128
Shaduf
SAD.729/22/130
Ra`is of the steamer
SAD.729/22/131-132
Jebel Aulia lock
SAD.729/22/133
Crossing the Kosti bridge en route for an inspection tour
SAD.729/22/134
Sennar dam
SAD.729/22/135-136
Loading up to go on trek
SAD.729/22/137
Lunch stop on the road to or from Khartoum
SAD.729/22/138
Pull-in for drivers, probably on the El Obeid-Fasher road
SAD.729/22/140
Repairing a gearbox
SAD.729/22/141-143
Sennar Dam
SAD.729/22/144
Fisherman hauling a “throw net”
SAD.729/22/146,149
Ferry to Argo Island
SAD.729/22/147-148
A railside snack
SAD.729/22/150-151
By the side of the railway
SAD.729/22/152
Group of Baqqarah ladies
SAD.729/22/153
Part of the road from El Obeid to Fasher
SAD.729/22/155
Tebeldi tree
SAD.729/22/156
Market in Baqqarah country
SAD.729/22/158,160
An intermediate school
SAD.729/22/159
Baqqarah with loaded cattle
SAD.729/22/161
In Baqqarah country
SAD.729/22/162
Polly Bright in sitting-room at Bakht er Ruda
SAD.729/22/163
Visiting barber
SAD.729/22/165
The Lang's house in Khartoum
SAD.729/22/166
St. Andrew's night, Khartoum
SAD.729/22/167
Williams family, Bakht er Ruda
SAD.729/22/168
Bright family
SAD.729/22/169
Brewster Owen and James Robertson
SAD.729/22/170
Bradley family
SAD.729/22/171
O'Connor Morgan family
SAD.729/22/172
Pat Cole-Stokes and Robin Hodgkin
SAD.729/22/173
Durham family
SAD.729/22/174
Hugh Bradley
SAD.729/22/175
Simon
SAD.729/22/176
Hodgkin family
SAD.729/22/177
J.A.B. with barber
SAD.729/22/178-181
Photographs taken on way home from Mombasa on final leave, 1955
SAD.729/22/182
Eclipse of the sun (official photograph)
Printed material
Durham University Library Printed material deposited with collection; now integrated into library and catalogued on OPAC. Bakht er Ruda 1934-1944 (Khartoum, 1944? dupl.)
Bakht er Ruda 20 years old (Khartoum, 1954)
Griffiths, V.L. and A.L.A.R., Class management or how to add many hours to the timetable without working any longer yourself ([Khartoum] 1949) dupl.
Newbold, D., The human side of culture (being the inaugural lecture delivered to the Sudan Cultural Centre) ([Khartoum] 1940) dupl.
Sudan [Condominium 1898-1955], Education Department: Some English language customs (Khartoum)