Revisit the past with exhibition

This week we are offering readers the chance to relive their school days courtesy of Whitcliffe Mount School.

Friday, 25th June 2010, 1:34 pm

To celebrate its centenary in September, the school is holding a public exhibition of memorabilia from the last 100 years. Pupils past and present have all got involved with a wide variety of items on show next weekend.

The most intriguing pieces of nostalgia that the school has discovered are a selection of self-portraits by former art teacher Albert Thornton, who died in 2004.

Mr Thornton taught at the school from 1948-66 when he was a popular teacher amongst pupils.

When he died, his son Stephen Thornton discovered a treasure trove of artwork that he has allowed the school to sell during the exhibition. All the proceeds will then be used to benefit Whitcliffe's new generation of artists.

Deputy headteacher Janet Stanley said: "The school is delighted to be able to display Albert Thornton's work and give people an opportunity to visit the exhibition and purchase the pieces.

"Albert will be remembered by many of his ex-pupils and I am sure they will be extremely interested in seeing the exhibition.

"He was obviously a very gifted artist. People will be astounded to see the number of pieces and the range and level of his skills.

"We are extremely grateful to Mrs Stephen Thornton for his very generous donation of the artwork."

The artwork will feature in a special sale during the exhibition.

Other items on the walk down memory lane include a selection of trophies that were awarded over the last 100 years, items of school uniform, books and photographs from down the years.

With the help of funding from the Yorkshire Building Society, the school has produced a special centenary brochure filling in the school's history from 1959-2010.

* The public exhibition of Whitcliffe Mount memorabilia will be open to everyone on Friday 2nd July from 2pm–8pm, and on Saturday 3rd July from 10am-1pm.