The School Archive

Delve into Sevenoaks School's history with the fascinating articles below researched and written by school archivist Sally Robbins.

Several histories of the school by former staff and OS are available to buy:
Sevenoaks written and illustrated by Kevin Sacco (OS 1970)
A School Transformed: Sevenoaks School 1898–2002 written by Mike Bolton, former Undermaster
History of Music at Sevenoaks School 1877-2010 written by Peter Young, former Head of Music

 

Email the archivist for queries relating to Sevenoaks School's history, to purchase books or to donate an item to the archive.


 

Francis and Albert Gomez: From Sevenoaks to Trinidad

Always interesting and sometimes quite surprising, are the variety of ways Sevenoaks alumni have made their mark on world trends over the years. 

None more so than the part played in the development of the flavouring Angostura Bitters, an essential ingredient in many cocktails. Albert Gomez was one of the school’s first international students, a founder member of Johnsons and all-round sportsman whilst at the school; he went on to become the House of Angostura’s chief chemist and creator of some of the most well-known beverages associated with the brand. 

This article, kindly provided by Albert's eldest daughter Jill Gomez, has been combined with research in the school archives and genealogy to create a fascinating tale of the impact a Sevenoaks education can have in the most unexpected but influential instance.

Read 'Francis and Albert Gomez: From Sevenoaks to Trinidad'