Flamsteed House

Flamsteed House

Following a request by the construction company building Kings Crescent for a historic name to be applied to part of the new building, the committee chose John Flamsteed, the First Astronomer Royal, as the name to be put forward.

John was an Old Derbeian, having left the school in 1662, and it seemed entirely appropriate that we should put forward this old boy as our preferred name.

We are now informed that the developers, Grace Construction & Management Ltd., have named the block affronting Edward Street, Flamsteed House.

It is a terrific recognition of our history and link to the old school for this block to be named in Flamsteed’s honour, so thanks must go to the developers for thinking about the history of the site.” Barry Sheard Archivist

 

In Memoriam – John Reader Blackton MBE

It is with great sadness that we announce the death on 27 December 2018 of John Reader  Blackton MBE, principal founder of Derby Grammar School.

It was owing to his experience and expertise in education as a Fellow of the Woodard Corporation that he was the driving force in opening the school at the Rykneld Road site  in Littleover in 1995 and his memory lives on in the form of Blackton House, so entitled as to honour all that John did for us.

We will be forever grateful and indebted to him for his generosity of spirit, benevolence and vision. He will be remembered fondly by
governors, staff, alumni and pupils. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and our thanks to his widow, Joan, whose support of her husband’s work has been invaluable.

 

 

 

We Need you to Join Us

We are looking for members to join the committee in 2019

Your committee is looking for new blood to join its ranks in 2019! If you have some time to spare to help the society grow then we could really use your help.

As a committee we look after society accounts, meet regularly throughout the year and plan events for our members which we hope will attract them to join in the activities with us.

You could be the person we are looking for; vibrant, outgoing, a good planner with a genuine interest in the society and its development.

If you are interested then please contact our secretary Alan Draper who will let you have more information.

Our Annual General Meeting is on 5th February 2019 at 5pm at the Derby Grammar School when we will be electing the new committee. Look forward to seeing you there.

Another Piece of New News

Early December 2018 saw your three OD archivists enjoying a meal and a pint during their Christmas lunch get together. Usually meeting informally approximately three times a year future strategy is discussed and planned for the following year, so that each particular specialist can add their expertise where needed.

For example the recently completed research about Percy Heylyn Currey (1875 to 1882) who as architect was chosen to design and supervise the construction of the School Chapel has been placed onto the new website for all to read and enjoy. If you wish to see IT working at its very best this new site is a must. (The pages actually turn on your click!)

Shown on the accompanying photograph taken at their working lunch are from left to right -Maurice Cass (1961-1966), Barrie Sheard (1945-1950) and Andrew Polkey (1961-1966)

It goes without saying your support in recording the school’s very long history by submission of old B&W photographs, leaflets, memorabilia of all sorts (Cadet Corps, School Sports Colours, old copies of ‘The Derbeian’, souvenirs, diaries, school reports or similar) are always welcome.

Are There Any Sleuths Out There?

Recently found within our ever-expanding electronic archives are a pair of most interesting coloured photographs taken in September 2017 just prior to the School Chapel being demolished. We were wondering if out there are any sleuths or OD’s who like History?
If so could they let us know the possible links between Derby School and the School Chapel? 
On the south elevation facing the large playground were two stained glass windows. Does anyone know their history and reason for being there? Please send your responses to OD Society Secretary, Alan Draper at oldderbeians@gmail.com

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