Withington Girls’ School has unveiled a Heritage Lottery funded film depicting life at the school over the last 75 years, as seen through the eyes of former pupils.
The hour-long oral histories documentary ‘Now and Then’ which has just enjoyed its inaugural screening, was the culmination of a year-long project managed by School Archivist Hannah Brown, with contributions by more than 100 WGS girls, staff and alumnae volunteers.
Twenty-five alumnae, who attended Withington from the outbreak of WW11 to the present day, participated in a series of on-camera interviews, leading viewers on a time journey through the decades – from the evacuation of pupils and teachers at the outbreak of the war; through the post-war fifties; the more relaxed sixties and seventies; enhancements to School buildings and facilities, and up to the Class of 2017 with an interview with current Head Girl Emily Herbert.
WGS Headmistress Sarah Haslam said “Now and Then” provided a fascinating insight and commented: “We are extremely grateful to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting our first oral histories project, which has resulted in an inspiring and joyful film to keep for posterity. It serves as a refreshing reminder that the core values that were so important to our founders on opening the school in 1890 – and of which we are all still so very proud – have endured through many decades. There is a very strong sense that the Withington spirit which underpins our ethos today, has been embedded through the years.”