Well, our planned ‘hard hat’ tours of the construction and refurbishment site that’s to become the new onsite Heritage Hub have gone well. And the learning has been two-way: project stakeholders have been able to glimpse the spaces to come and we have discovered more about the history of our building.
The new evidence of our building’s past comes from two sources. Firstly, the builders discovered a window above the original front entrance. It was hiding above an artificial ceiling that that’s been removed in order to change the room layout. Here it is:
This space will eventually become an office area for Gloucestershire Family History Society volunteers. The window can be their secret as it’ll be hidden behind a new ceiling by the time they take up residence there.
The second piece of evidence came from a lovely lady, Pam Brogan who took part in one of our tours. We discovered the experience was actually a trip down memory lane for her, as she was a former pupil of Kingsholm School, the original occupant of our premises. And she was kind enough to share a photo of herself with her infant school friends, and let us feature it here. She told us it was taken in the 1940s and the children and their teachers are shown in front of an air raid shelter.
Thanks, Pam, it’s great to be piecing together the history of our building and we’re glad you enjoyed your evening with us!
Do get in touch if you’re reading this and have your own memories of Kingsholm School, as we’d like to use these as part of the interpretive displays (stories about Gloucestershire, Gloucester and Kingsholm) in the Heritage Hub.
Access & Learning Leader