School children at Yatung

School children at Yatung

BMH.A.93.1 (Film negative)

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Key Information


Arthur Hopkinson


A. J. Hopkinson

Date of Photo

December 1926 - February 1927?

Named Person

Yatung Schoolmistress


Chumbi Valley Region > Yatung > School

Accession number


Image Dimensions

85 x 115

Schoolchildren at Yatung school in the Chumbi Valley. Many of the children were Nepalese and of Sikkimmese Lepcha origin. The headmistress, who was a Lepcha Christian, can be seen standing on the steps with the children as they read. This photograph may have been taken on December 26th 1926, when Hopkinson first arrived at Yatung, when the school was in fact closed for the holidays

Further Information

Photographic Process

Negative film nitrate


A. J. Hopkinson's Tour of Duty as British Trade Agent, Gyantse, 1927-28

Previous Catologue Number


Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - 'A93' has been written on the left edge of the negative in black ink [MS 13/05/2006]

Notes on print/mount - Two contact prints made from this negative is contained in A. J. Hopkinson's negative case with the negative. The first print appears to have been removed from an album, as there are traces of black mounting paper around the edges of the print as if it has been taken out after previously being glued in place. A partially decipherable caption has been written on the back in pencil: "School at Shasima". The number 1 has been written on the front top right corner in pencil. The second print has the caption "Unwillingly to school - small pupils at the Yatung School doing lessons out of doors in the summer" has been written on the back in pencil [MS 26/06/2006]

Manual Catalogues -

Manual Catalogues - [Caption in A. J. Hopkinson's negative album 'Tibet A - A. J. Hopkinson ICS Gyantse via Siliguri]: 'Ditto [School - SHA-SI-MA]' [MS 28/04/2006]

Other Information - Description: [Extract from taped interview, Richard Blurton and Mrs Hopkinson] 'Same as 92 [BMH.A.92 - 'School at Yatung - pupils are Nepalese and Lepchas - the latter Sikkim natives - the girls in headscarves, for instance'] but including the school mistress who is a Lepcha. Lepcha language is remarkable for having a name for practically every variety of bird, animla and plant' [MS 20/04/2006]

For Citation use:
The Tibet Album. "School children at Yatung" 05 Dec. 2006. The British Museum. <>.

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