School days remembered – ex-pupils invited to reunions
THE Manor House Museum in Kettering is hosting an exhibition focusing on the history of the Henry Gotch Schools from 1939-2009 and is organising school days reunions.
Former students, teachers and supporters have sent in memorabilia and memories from ‘Henry Gotchers’ of all ages and fascinating objects are being displayed at the museum – including a metal money box made by the first girls at the secondary school to do metal work.
There are also running blocks, a cushion made for CSE needlework, a peg from the senior school gym, CSE exam papers and information about the schools.
Now ex-pupils are being invited to visit. There will be an opportunity for anyone who attended, or was involved with, the schools to share their own stories on the memories blackboard. They will also be able to revive those school day memories by browsing through Henry Gotch Schools photograph albums.
John Sellers, former Henry Gotch pupil and author of two Henry Gotch School history books, will officially open the exhibition tomorrow, Saturday 19th, at 2pm.
During the exhibition – which runs until Saturday June 11 – the Manor House Museum will be hosting a series of reunions on:
- Saturday April 2, 2-4pm, for years attended 1939-1950s
- Saturday April 30, 2-4pm, for years attended 1960s-1970s
- Saturday May 14, 2-4pm, for years attended 1980s-2009
Guy Holloway, head of corporate and cultural services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “The Henry Gotch schools have educated many local people over the years and this exhibition will provide a fantastic chance to take a walk down memory lane and recall an important part of your childhood.”
Cllr Lesley Thurland, Kettering Borough Council’s portfolio holder for community and culture, addedd: “Thousands of local people attended the Henry Gotch schools and it would be great to see lots of ex-students reliving their childhoods, especially at the reunion events.”
In 1939, the innovative Henry Gotch Council School opened as the only school in the country to have its own underpass. The infant and junior school buildings also boasted large windows to allow as much natural light into the classrooms as possible. The Henry Gotch Secondary Modern School opened in September 1953.
Were you there? Catch up with old classmates at the museum in Sheep Street, Kettering (NN16 0AN). The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays, 10am-4pm. Entry is free.