For the Wynberg Boys' Schools 150th celebrations in 1991, former Headmaster, the late Mr Rowan Algie called on Wynberg Old Boys, their families, and former staff, to loan personal Wynberg memorabilia for a month-long display in the High School foyer.
The overwhelming success of the display inspired Mr Algie to drive the creation of a permanent School Museum to be housed in the space now
occupied by the Student Support Centre, below the mezzanine approach to the Clegg Hall.
The generosity of Wynberg Families saw much of the 150th display material being donated to the School, forming the nucleus of the Eric
Tasker Museum, opened officially by Mr Algie's successor,Mr Bruce Probyn (himself a former WBHS Head Prefect) in 1993, with the late Eric
Tasker's daughter, Adrienne Gregory, representing the Tasker Family.
In 2009 the museum outgrew its tiny space inside the school. Thanks to a generous donation from Mendel Kaplan a number of rooms inside Silverhurst were redesigned and converted to the Oude Wijnberg Museum. This is the current site of the museum. Last year we expanded to include the Ryno Greenwall Room – which was previously housed in the Library. This generous donation is from an old boy, Ryno Greenwall who was a foremost collector of Anglo-Boer war memorabilia and art and donated a portion of his collection to the school.
The museum tracks the history of the school and the suburb of Wynberg over nearly two centuries. It reflects the lives of both Old Boys and current students – each year is stored in a box file and visitors can look up their own or a family member’s school experiences. The displays are dynamic – reflecting events like the fire of 2016 and our 175 year.
This year we are embarking on a marathon task of digitising the museum so that many of the photographs, school magazines, and other resources will eventually be available online.
If you have Wynberg memorabilia that you think would be of interest to the school please make contact with Tania. For example Lionel Crook who created the Welcome Back poster in the foyer of Littlewood) recently donated his beautifully illustrated and preserved History notes from his school days back in 1943. We are particularly looking for old photos – which we can scan and perhaps donations to allow us to expand the museum.