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Apprentice Collection

"Unveiling the Secrets of Apprenticeship: From Oyster Catch to Medieval Goldsmiths" Discover the ancient art of apprenticeship in Whitstable

Background imageApprentice Collection: Medieval goldsmith at work

Medieval goldsmith at work
Workshop of Etienne Delaulne, a goldsmith in Paris, 1500s. Hand-colored woodcut reproduction of a 16th-century illustration

Background imageApprentice Collection: Oyster Catch / Whitstable

Oyster Catch / Whitstable
Oysters, found to be a valuable remedy for the influenza epidemic, are sorted and packed by fishermen in Whitstable, Kent, for distribution to the hospitals

Background imageApprentice Collection: Apprentice carpenter

Apprentice carpenter
Young carpenters apprentice planing a block of wood, 1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageApprentice Collection: Bakers at their trade in the late Middle Ages

Bakers at their trade in the late Middle Ages
Bakers of York, showing their guild ordinances, England, 1590s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageApprentice Collection: Cobblers shop front, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, South Wales

Cobblers shop front, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, South Wales
View of a cobblers shop front in St David s, Pembrokeshire, Dyfed, South Wales. The cobbler and his apprentice (possibly his son) stand outside the shop

Background imageApprentice Collection: Doggetts Coat and Badge Race, River Thames, London

Doggetts Coat and Badge Race, River Thames, London
Watermen on duty at the end of Doggetts Coat and Badge Race on the River Thames. They are wearing the livery of the Fishmongers Company

Background imageApprentice Collection: Reception of Apprentice

Reception of Apprentice
An blindfolded apprentice is received into a French Masonic Lodge : he bares his right leg as part of the ceremony

Background imageApprentice Collection: Freemasons / Apprentice

Freemasons / Apprentice
the lodge of an apprentice, showing the emblems appropriate to that grade

Background imageApprentice Collection: Interior of the Forge, 1837 (oil on canvas)

Interior of the Forge, 1837 (oil on canvas)
XIR154717 Interior of the Forge, 1837 (oil on canvas) by Parran, Rosine (fl.1831-39); 65x53 cm; Musee des Beaux-Arts, Angers, France; French, out of copyright

Background imageApprentice Collection: The Chemist 1827

The Chemist 1827
A chemist with his apprentice in his laboratory. A copper alembic is on his left, to the right a sand heat and a furnace is in the middle. Date: 1827

Background imageApprentice Collection: Apprentice Engineers

Apprentice Engineers
Apprentices at an Engineering training school in Leeds. Date: 1968

Background imageApprentice Collection: The tea boys at Lloyd Loom. 1938

The tea boys at Lloyd Loom. 1938

Background imageApprentice Collection: Apprentice Training School, Dean Street, Swindon, 1963

Apprentice Training School, Dean Street, Swindon, 1963
Young apprentices with Senior Instructor Geoff Webber

Background imageApprentice Collection: Illustration, Aztec apprentice warrior clad in loincloth carrying a spear-thrower (Atlatl)

Illustration, Aztec apprentice warrior clad in loincloth carrying a spear-thrower (Atlatl) and oak darts with a stone point

Background imageApprentice Collection: Apprentice Training School, Swindon - 1972 intake

Apprentice Training School, Swindon - 1972 intake

Background imageApprentice Collection: Official wording, Apprenticeship Indenture

Official wording, Apprenticeship Indenture
Official wording of an Apprenticeship Indenture, between John Henry Watson of 3 Newland Street, Derby, and Messrs John Davis & Son (Derby) Limited

Background imageApprentice Collection: Italian cooks preparing a meal, 1500s

Italian cooks preparing a meal, 1500s
Cooks preparing food in an Italian kitchen, 1500s. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an earlier illustration

Background imageApprentice Collection: Signwriters at work

Signwriters at work
A wonderful photograph by Heinz Zinram showing a master signwriter at work, with his younger collegue (or apprentice) behind. A study in concentration, accuracy and exactitude in the craftsmans art

Background imageApprentice Collection: 'Gallery of views of ancient Rome'Detail. Painting by Giovanni Paolo Pannini

"Gallery of views of ancient Rome"Detail. Painting by Giovanni Paolo Pannini
AIS5389764 " Gallery of views of ancient Rome" Detail. Painting by Giovanni Paolo Pannini (Panini) (1691-1765). 1759

Background imageApprentice Collection: Jeweller at his bench with leather covers

Jeweller at his bench with leather covers. His tools include files, drills, hammer, pliers, wire drawer and crucible. Handcoloured woodcut engraving from The Book of English Trades

Background imageApprentice Collection: A handframe knitter seen here with his apprentice at The Shawl Factory of GH Hurt

A handframe knitter seen here with his apprentice at The Shawl Factory of GH Hurt and Son in Nottingham 31st March 1954

Background imageApprentice Collection: New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new 'Revolutionary'

New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new "Revolutionary"
New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new " Revolutionary" cricket bat in production at the Gray-Nicholis factory in Robertsbridge, Sussex. April 1975 75-1953-004

Background imageApprentice Collection: New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new 'Revolutionary'

New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new "Revolutionary"
New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new " Revolutionary" cricket bat in production at the Gray-Nicholis factory in Robertsbridge, Sussex. April 1975 75-1953-001

Background imageApprentice Collection: New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new 'Revolutionary'

New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new "Revolutionary"
New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new " Revolutionary" cricket bat in production at the Gray-Nicholis factory in Robertsbridge, Sussex. April 1975 75-1953-007

Background imageApprentice Collection: New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new 'Revolutionary'

New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new "Revolutionary"
New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new " Revolutionary" cricket bat in production at the Gray-Nicholis factory in Robertsbridge, Sussex. April 1975 75-1953-002

Background imageApprentice Collection: New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new 'Revolutionary'

New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new "Revolutionary"
New Cricket bat. Ted Jolly 62. The new " Revolutionary" cricket bat in production at the Gray-Nicholis factory in Robertsbridge, Sussex. April 1975 75-1953

Background imageApprentice Collection: Trials, plate 60 of Los caprichos, 1799 (etching)

Trials, plate 60 of Los caprichos, 1799 (etching)
XJF909346 Trials, plate 60 of Los caprichos, 1799 (etching) by Goya y Lucientes, Francisco Jose de (1746-1828); Private Collection; Spanish, out of copyright

Background imageApprentice Collection: Front cover, Apprenticeship Indenture

Front cover, Apprenticeship Indenture
Front cover of an Apprenticeship Indenture, between John Henry Watson and Messrs John Davis & Son (Derby) Limited. (1 of 2) Date: 3 January 1902

Background imageApprentice Collection: Shipyard Apprentice

Shipyard Apprentice
Apprentice at Swan Hunters Yard, Tyneside. Date: 1950s

Background imageApprentice Collection: Boy dragging coal wagon with harness and chain in mine

Boy dragging coal wagon with harness and chain in mine
A boy with a harness and chain between his legs drags a heavy coal truck along a low underground passage in a mine at Halifax, Yorkshire

Background imageApprentice Collection: Fishermen by the sea with lobster / crab pots

Fishermen by the sea with lobster / crab pots
Fishermen with their pots and nets. Watercolour Painting by Malcolm Greensmith

Background imageApprentice Collection: Workhouse Apprentices Handbill, Kendal, Westmorland

Workhouse Apprentices Handbill, Kendal, Westmorland
Copy of a handbill, thought to date from the 1820s, advertising the availability of boys and girls at the Kirkby, Kendal workhouse for being put out as parish apprentices

Background imageApprentice Collection: Yoga Girl Apprentices

Yoga Girl Apprentices
A group of Indian girls, yoga apprentices. While squatting in this position, they must control their breathing and concentrate upon a perfect balance of mind and body. Date: 1930s

Background imageApprentice Collection: Sorcerers Apprentice

Sorcerers Apprentice
The Sorcerers Apprentice accidentally lets the dragon out of the bottle where the Sorcerer has managed to incarcerate it !

Background imageApprentice Collection: A saddler making a saddle in his leather workshop

A saddler making a saddle in his leather workshop
A saddler in leather apron making a saddle in his workshop. Handcoloured woodcut engraving from The Book of English Trades and Library of the Useful Arts, Phillips, London, 1818

Background imageApprentice Collection: A weaver weaving fabric on a loom in a cottage

A weaver weaving fabric on a loom in a cottage. Handcoloured woodcut engraving from The Book of English Trades and Library of the Useful Arts, Phillips, London, 1818

Background imageApprentice Collection: Basket maker weaving a basket from willow

Basket maker weaving a basket from willow taken from an osier-bed. Handcoloured woodcut engraving from The Book of English Trades and Library of the Useful Arts, Tabart, London, 1810

Background imageApprentice Collection: ABRAHAM DARBY (1678-1717). English ironmaster. Darby at his forge and the discovery of cast iron

ABRAHAM DARBY (1678-1717). English ironmaster. Darby at his forge and the discovery of cast iron. Etching, English, 19th century

Background imageApprentice Collection: Farrier at his Forge

Farrier at his Forge
A farrier and his boy apprentice in a forge in Reading, Berkshire, England

Background imageApprentice Collection: Apprentice Hotpot

Apprentice Hotpot
A group of hungry apprentices get ready to tuck into a hotpot at a aeronautical school. Date: 1930s

Background imageApprentice Collection: Apprentice splitting slate, Delabole Quarry, Cornwall

Apprentice splitting slate, Delabole Quarry, Cornwall
An apprentice splitting a slate at the Delabole Quarry in North Cornwall. Slate has been mined in the area since the middle ages

Background imageApprentice Collection: A factory worker cuts a block of wood

A factory worker cuts a block of wood
A young apprentice carpenter uses a large industrial jigsaw to cut a block of wood, while an older employee supervises his work. Photograph by Heinz Zinram

Background imageApprentice Collection: Ground floor of the main building. Locksmith's shop, 1898. Creator: Unknown

Ground floor of the main building. Locksmith's shop, 1898. Creator: Unknown
Ground floor of the main building. Locksmith's shop, 1898. From an album showing the buildings, grounds, and workshops of the Chita Vocational School

Background imageApprentice Collection: An elderly woman, a young man in a civilian suit and two. late 19th cent - early 20th cent

An elderly woman, a young man in a civilian suit and two. late 19th cent - early 20th cent. Creator: PA Milevskii
A photograph of an elderly woman, a young man in a civilian suit and two standing girls. late 19th cent - early 20th cent

Background imageApprentice Collection: Teenage Boy in Uniform, late 19th cent - early 20th cent. Creator: IV Bulatov

Teenage Boy in Uniform, late 19th cent - early 20th cent. Creator: IV Bulatov
Teenage Boy in Uniform, late 19th cent - early 20th cent. This collection of photographs and documents from the private archive of Sergei Mikhailovich Chashchin relates to the establishment of a

Background imageApprentice Collection: Woman Construction School Trainee at Work in Tomsk Province, 1906-1908

Woman Construction School Trainee at Work in Tomsk Province, 1906-1908. Creator: Dorozhno-Stroitel'nyi Otdel
Woman Construction School Trainee at Work in Tomsk Province, 1906-1908. Photographs documenting various stages in the construction of dirt roads in the Tomsk region by workers

Background imageApprentice Collection: The chess players in the sculptor's studio, around 1870. Creator: Joseph Eugen Horwarter

The chess players in the sculptor's studio, around 1870. Creator: Joseph Eugen Horwarter
The chess players in the sculptor's studio, around 1870

Background imageApprentice Collection: Apprentice Training School, Class of 1980 / 1981

Apprentice Training School, Class of 1980 / 1981
Group photograph of the class of 1980/1981 of the Apprentice Training School in Swindon, taken in August 1981. The training school was situated at Dean Street



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"Unveiling the Secrets of Apprenticeship: From Oyster Catch to Medieval Goldsmiths" Discover the ancient art of apprenticeship in Whitstable, where young oyster catchers learn from seasoned experts. Step into a medieval goldsmith's workshop and witness the meticulous craftsmanship passed down through generations. Follow an apprentice carpenter as they hone their skills, shaping wood with precision and dedication. The cobblers' shop front in St Davids, Pembrokeshire takes you back to a time when apprentices learned the trade of shoemaking. Witness the reception of an eager apprentice, ready to embark on a journey towards mastery in their chosen craft. Dive into history as bakers perfect their trade during the late Middle Ages, kneading dough and creating mouthwatering delights. Join the thrilling Doggetts Coat and Badge Race on River Thames, London - where skilled watermen compete for glory after years of training under masters. Immerse yourself in 1837's forge interior captured beautifully on canvas, showcasing apprentices learning blacksmithing techniques that have stood the test of time. Uncover secrets within Freemasons' guild as aspiring individuals begin their journey as apprentices towards enlightenment and self-improvement. Travel back to 1827 at "The Chemist, " witnessing young minds absorbing knowledge under experienced mentors in pursuit of scientific discoveries. Marvel at apprentice engineers mastering complex machinery while paving new paths for technological advancements across various industries. Observe a jeweler delicately working at his bench adorned with leather covers - a testament to centuries-old traditions being passed down. In every corner of history lies an apprentice's tale; these glimpses remind us that greatness is often born from humble beginnings.