Attention: You are using an outdated browser, device or you do not have the latest version of JavaScript downloaded and so this website may not work as expected. Please download the latest software or switch device to avoid further issues.

NEWS > Archive > The legacy of Miss Dickie

The legacy of Miss Dickie

26 Jun 2019
Written by Joanne Halford
Archive
Miss Dickie, (Potts) in Assissi, Italy
Miss Dickie, (Potts) in Assissi, Italy


These beautifully illustrated pages are from a commemorative book intricately painted by Miss Dickie, the art mistress, on the occasion of the School's Golden Jubilee celebrations in 1952.

The retirement of Beatrice Burton-Brown coincided with the Golden Jubilee, and the book was presented to her to mark the occasion. The names of Old Girls who contributed to Miss Burton-Brown's retirement fund are listed in beautiful script, and the margins are finely illustrated with vibrant sketches of the chief activities of the school through its first 50 years.

Miss Mary Dickie, known universally at “Potts” came to Prior’s Field in the early 1930s. She quickly immersed herself in school life, accompanying trips, directing dramatic productions, and even becoming Commandant of the Girls’ Training Corps during World War II. She stayed for nearly 25 years.

Generations of Prior’s Field girls were inspired by Miss Dickie’s enthusiasm for her subject and outright talent as an artist. Ann Hechle (OG 1952–56) remembers:
“What was so outstanding about ‘Potts’ was that she really believed that art mattered and therefore that was present in what she was teaching. There was integrity there and a commitment - and perhaps it’s that that the young pick up on.”

Ann was so inspired by Miss Dickie that she has made a successful career as a calligrapher.

We would love to collect more memories of Miss Dickie. Please do write and tell me about her art lessons and how she inspired you.

archives@priorsfieldschool.com

Similar stories

PF Virtual Alumnae Choir

We were thrilled to receive videos from Alumnae and Former Staff - see who you recognise! More...

Batik artist and Old Girl, Rosi Robinson (OG 1960-1965) returns to PF to judge Interhouse Art Competition. More...

Each year the school celebrates Founder's Day on 29th June with a special assembly dedicated to the lives of Julia Huxle… More...

Not many people can say that they have written an album's worth of music before leaving school. We hear about Charlotte'… More...

We find out from Rose about her change in direction. More...

Most read

Genevieve Lebus (OG 2009-2016)

Old Girl Genevieve Lebus, strategist at Ignis, takes a look at how the world of internal communications is evolving and explains why change should be … More...

Sophie Valentine (OG 2003-2010)

Old Girl of the Year Award winner, Sophie Valentine, tells us how her passion for Science and Digital Technology in Healthcare aims to address systemi… More...

Belinda Kingston (OG 1997-2002)

Belinda has gone on to win awards for her ground-breaking cancer research and thanks Prior's Field for the encouragement More...

Have your say

 
image

Contact us

Alumnae Office
Prior’s Field
Priorsfield Road
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 2RH

01483 810551
alumnae@priorsfieldschool.com

Follow us

This website is powered by
ToucanTech