During the coronavirus pandemic we have all been encouraged to spend as much time as possible outside.
This is because there is less chance of spreading the virus in the open air and due to a body of evidence regarding the health benefits of Vitamin D from sunlight.
These are issues most of us have rarely given a second thought to in our lifetimes, but you may be surprised to learn that within living memory, these have been the top priorities for our schools and education system during another era when a disease stalked the nation.
After an increase in tuberculosis in our inner-cities in the 1930s, in the lead up to World War II, purpose-built education institutions for children were built, called 'Open Air Schools'
They were a simple but effective idea and in an era when schools are fighting valiantly to keep children safe from disease.
The schools were built to provide open-air therapy so that fresh air, good ventilation and exposure to the outside would improve children's health.
They were mostly built in areas away from city centres, sometimes in rural locations, to provide a space free from pollution and overcrowding.
We all associate Football at Ninian park but not so much Basketball, Show jumping and Rugby league.Top left are the Cardiff Tigers in action in 1987. Top right are the touring Harlem Globetrotters in c.1985, bottom left is the Empire Games show jumping competition in 1958 and bottom right are the Cardiff Blue Dragons RL team in action in c1982
The Telescope, Penylan observatory, Cyncoed road 1970
It was a 12" Newtonian Telescope, in Cyncoed Gardens opposite end of gardens to Water Tower. There were three buildings, the observatory, lecture room and old war time building. Outside the Observatory grounds was a meteorological Weather Station. All that remains now at this site is the lecture room converted into a residential house named The Observatory.