This charming little CDV came from Chesterfield, Derbyshire, but has no information on it to confirm its origin. The girls are elegantly dressed and must have come from relatively well-to-do families. After scanning the photo I noticed that one of the girls is of African or mixed-race heritage.
I love the fact that the school’s dog was included in the class photo. Today, dogs are increasingly being brought into classrooms to provide a calming influence on young children and to help with specific tasks such as reading. A program in Utah, called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (READ), employs 1,300 therapy dogs in schools and libraries. In Brooklyn, New York, the Good Dog Foundation has 375 volunteer teams of dogs and their owners. In North Carolina, Helping Paws International matches therapy dogs with autistic students.
Two other photos on the blog which provide examples of racial diversity in Victorian England are Wedding party with diverse family and hidden bride (UK) and Diverse group of schoolgirls in Victorian London.