College celebrates 70 years with museum exhibition

Friday, 05 October 2018 14:07
Former governors Mr Whitehead and Mr Allen reminisce about their time at Newbury College Former governors Mr Whitehead and Mr Allen reminisce about their time at Newbury College

Former and current staff, governors and students of Newbury College attended a special event on 04 Thursday 2018 for the opening of an exhibition celebrating 70 years of the further education provider.

The exhibition, which showcases the history of Newbury College through stories, photographs, news articles and memorabilia, was attended by a host of invited guests including Dr Anne Murdoch OBE, former Principal from 2001 to 2018, Jan Cover, Mayor of Thatcham and Tony Allen, former Chair and member of the Corporation from 1997 to 2015.

Former Newbury College alumni also joined in with the celebrations and provided memorabilia for a special cabinet of curiosities, including Mrs Elkins, who studied with the College in 1953 and Roly Wise, who started his Newbury College journey as an apprentice before enjoying a long and successful career within the engineering department.

Iain Wolloff, Principal, said: “It’s wonderful to look back and celebrate the rich tradition that Newbury College has had shaping education and training in West Berkshire and it is equally as important that we build on this as we look to the future. Our work with employers, the building of Highwood Copse Primary School and our plans for a university centre will ensure that we continue to meet the needs of our community.”

The exhibition is open to the public throughout October at the West Berkshire Museum and will be rehomed at the Newbury College campus on Monks Lane for the remainder of the year.

Newbury College is still looking for stories from people in the local area who have fond memories of their involvement with the College, and would like anyone who would like to share their experience to visit the exhibition or their website at www.newbury-college.ac.uk/70

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