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Autograph book used by the Queen Mother during her visit in 1958

There is no question that the major visit in A.H.B. Bishop’s time as Headmaster was that of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother on 6th November, 1958. The main reason for her visit to the town was to open the new Shire Hall, but in her half-hour visit to Warwick School she dedicated the new school gates, replacements for those melted down in wartime, and made brief visits to the chapel, gym, Big School and the chemistry lecture room, as well as signing a Visitor’s Book. 

Having been lost for some 40 years, the Queen Mother’s signature in an otherwise empty book (in a pile of unpromising junk) turned up to greet E. B. Halse at the start of his headmastership in 2002. 

Film of the special day in 1958, which Bishop regarded as the high point of his career, survives to this day, thanks to the diligence of Lt Col Whitlam and the first school Archivist, Gervald Frykman. It featured in a regional BBC TV news programme, Midlands Today, in February 2003.

  1. 1958 The Queen Mother visits Warwick School
  2. The inkwell used by The Queen Mother