In Bedford in 1903 pioneering educationalist, Margaret Stansfeld, established a College for
young women to become teachers of Physical Training. An unknown part of the history
of the College concerns their activities during the World Wars. The Heritage Lottery
a tale which reveals the sense of community and spirit that emerged at the College in
Bedford during both World Wars.
We are a group of lay people interested in the history of Bedford, soldiers, Bedford
Physical Training College, women’s history and social history, poetry, story telling. We
welcome anyone who would like to join us in the project.
Can you add to the story?
Do you know anyone who has memories of Bedford PT students or staff during the
WW2, or was your grandfather or great grandfather a soldier from Bedford? We’d love
to hear from you.
We have traced former students who were at the College during World War 2 and
have recorded their memories and are presently researching local Archives to find out
more about regiments, including the Highlanders, who came to Bedford during the