Past and Present At Wirksworth Junior School

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Wirksworth Junior School’s centenary in 2012 was marked by an exhibition which was tied in with Wirksworth Festival. For anyone who missed this the first time around, Wirksworth Heritage Centre is re-creating the exhibition over the forthcoming two weekends.

The Junior School is a listed building, designed by George Widdows who was the architect responsible for over 100 schools in Derbyshire. Widdow’s pioneering style allowed for “plentiful light and air” to be introduced into schools, by means of the verandah style corridors that lead from the school hall to the classrooms. The idea of these “marching corridors” was to allow physical education to take place even in wet weather!

The exhibition includes memorabilia, lots of photographs (see if you can spot yourself or anyone you know!) and a DVD presentation including a short contribution by former pupil Dame Ellen MacArthur which recalls her time at the Junior School.

Entry is free of charge, opening times as follow:

Friday 19 and 26 April: 10 – 4

Saturday 20 and 27 April: 10 – 4

Sunday 21 and 28 April: 1 - 4