The summer break was busy and a good time to spread out and collate! The extended family group arrived for their school tour on a damp, drizzly day in July but their reaction to the buildings and history was sunny and they were further informed by two members of the Local History Society, who spoke to them about Berkhamsted Town. A joint venture, which worked very well. Speaking of which, due to a mix up with dates, a group enjoying the Heritage Tours, visited the School during the week (usually a Saturday event) and were very pleased to be able to come into the Exhibition Room as an added extra. The reaction was lovely and I followed up an enquiry for one of the visitors, who had a connection with the School.
We received a generous and unexpected donation from The Towne Folk, who visited us from the U.S.A., back in June and it is going towards the Anniversary fund.
The bronze of William the Conqueror is now in situ, enclosed in a smart display cabinet, he now faces onto Castle Street.
Sunday 24th September was a bright, autumnal day and for the first time in the Graham Greene Festival’s history, the Exhibition Room was open and included as part of a short tour with the chance to also look around the School Chapel.
Artefacts and memorabilia abound and to this end, I am replacing the single display space for a double width cabinet in the Exhibition Room.
The lovely old Clock face (pictured below) was one of a pair that sat on the turret of the old pavilion and was originally dedicated to the memory of Schoolmaster J.S."Taffy" Morgan, who had done so much for the cricket of the School. It was replaced in 2016, with a newly dedicated clock on the David Case Pavilion.
It was the best of the pair of faces and deserved to be kept and displayed. Estates were tasked, yet again, with another tricky job from me and have produced a bespoke, deep frame, which shows it off beautifully and it now hangs on display in the West Wing Lobby.
My thanks, as always, to Estates, for producing such lovely work from my crazy ideas.
Copyright Berkhamsted School Archive 2017
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