School’s story in exhibits at the Museum

On Friday 30th June 2023 a reception was held at Erewash Museum to conclude the events that have been held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Kirk Hallam Community Academy. The reception also launched the schools’ summer exhibition housed at the Museum, where the local community can visit to see memorabilia and images celebrating the rich history of the school.
Local dignitaries including Maggie Throup MP for Erewash and Mayor, Councillor Frank Phillips attended and enjoyed browsing through artefacts including handwritten admissions registers, flyers for events held in the Community Lounge, and various trophies and medals accumulated throughout the last fifty years.
The very first headteacher of ‘Kirk Hallam Community School’ (as it was, in 1973!) Mr Peter Worrall was in attendance, and commented that all attendees had a ‘rewardingly cheerful evening’. We were pleased to also host Mr Shaw, Headteacher from 1984 – 2005, and associates from Big Kirk Hallam and the KHCA Governing Body.
The exhibition was arranged by decade, starting with the architect’s drawings from before the school was built, up until the present day. Mr Worrall was particularly delighted by the exhibits from the 1970’s as by chance it contained a letter from the person who was at his side – Astra Morrison, PA to the head and office manager – written in September 1974!
The school is encouraging the local community, parents and carers to visit Erewash Museum over the summer holidays. The exhibition is in place until September. Other events are also planned to celebrate the school’s 50 years.

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