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High st Llandaff 1950’s
 

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Children keep warm in class by wrapping up in blankets at the Rhiwbina Open Air School,1937
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.
 

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A triumphal arch in Kingsway, Cardiff, with the City Hall in the background. The city is preparing for the jubilee of 1935.
 

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Boys at Rhiwbina open air School are getting their gardens in order at the school. The produce grown is used in the school for pupils meals 1938
 

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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
 

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Empty coal trucks in a Cardiff siding 1930
 

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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.
 

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A Cardiff docker loading some sacks 1954
 

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John Crichton-Stuart, 5th Marquess of Bute, gifts Cardiff Castle to the City of Cardiff, 13th September 1947
 

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Adamsdown Square around 1965
 

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Last trolleybus on Newport Road approaching Dumfries Place, on a farewell run in January 1970. The Rhymney Coffee Stall (Joe's) now demolished on the left of picture.
 

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St Mary Street 1914, just before Caroline Street
 

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A shipment of haricot beans being unloaded at the docks 1943
 

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The Wales football team prior to their International match against England at Cardiff, 11th October 1919. Wales won 2-1
 

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A young Mark Drakeford and Rhodri Morgan
 

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A view down Saunders rd, towards the Great Western Building on the left corner and the Central hotel on the opposite corner.The old Telephone Exchange building is right centre of the photo. c1925
 

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