School Photo 1960
We are grateful to Edward Burnham (1957-63) for supplying this photo. He writes about his career which included the 2012 Olympics as an Archery official:
Edward Burnham (Ted) - Life after Prices a brief note
Left school in 1963 and joined Lloyds Bank as a cashier/clerk for 3 years.
Joined the Post Office in their Computer Division in Portsmouth. This Division was later taken over by British Telecom in 1968. After a few years I was moved to London at the start of a new project for the Customs & Excise (C&E) / Freight Agents cargo system for Heathrow Airport in 1970. This project was developed further to include Gatwick, Manchester and was bought by some overseas customers. 1972 – 1974 a member of a team contracted to the MOD to provide operations and training for a system that BT provided to the RAF, then back to the Heathrow system in ‘74.
After the successful implementation of the Heathrow project I was moved to the Procurement Division of BT. This entailed evaluating and testing new large computer systems on their suitability for use by BT. I also looked after the sales of BT’s redundant computers which had been replaced by new machines within the company.
I took early retirement from BT in 1994 as the department was downsizing and joined the Royal Berkshire Ambulance service in 1996 as a “999” control room staff member, later becoming IT staff with the service, leaving in 2004. The building also housed the GP Out of Hours Service.
2004 I joined a local charity “Keep Mobile” as a driver of a 16-seat accessible minibus, the charity provided transport for residents of Berkshire who were unable to use main stream public transport due to disability or long-term illness.
In 2005 the GP Out of Hours (OOH) service asked me to join them to look after their IT equipment and software systems, also managing their surgeries and drug purchases for use the by OOH doctors to prescribe to their patients. This post was 365/24 on call. I was later invited to take the post Deputy Chairman of the NHS Out of Hours Trust and retired in 2008.
On retirement I volunteered to help the local R.E.M.E. Museum in Arborfield, digitise their extensive photographic collection so that photos would be available to researchers and other interested parties. The R.E.M.E Museum has now relocated to Lyneham in Wiltshire; too far to commute as a volunteer.
I have always been interested in photography and studied City & Guilds (London) photography in my spare time obtaining a distinction in exams and modules. I also obtained qualifications with the Royal Photographic Society and the British Institute of Professional Photography.
In 1994 I took up the sport of archery and successfully represented Berkshire at various tournaments around the country. Whilst an active archer I studied and became a judge for the sport, progressing to National level for target archery. The pinnacle of this achievement was to be invited to attend the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games as a World Archery Technical Official for the sport. During my archery career I served for 5 years as England Team Manager and then as Chairman of the English Archery Federation.