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Posted: 03/02/14

College seeks memories of yesteryear for diamond celebrations

Former students and staff at West Nottinghamshire College’s Derby Road campus in Mansfield are being sought to appear in a commemorative book as part of its diamond celebrations.

A multi-million pound redevelopment of the campus is set for completion later this year, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of its opening in 1954.

To mark both occasions, the college wants to produce a special limited-edition book capturing people’s memories of the campus from the 1950s to the present day.

It is asking anybody willing to be interviewed for the publication to get in touch.

Principal and chief executive, Dame Asha Khemka, said: “This is an historic year for the college, in particular our Derby Road campus, and the publication of a commemorative book will be a fitting celebration of its past, present and future.

“We’d love to hear from anybody that spent time at Derby Road either as a student, member of staff or in another capacity, to capture their individual stories and anecdotes.

“It will be interesting to learn what’s changed over the years and how their time at college shaped the rest of their lives.  Any photos of the campus from yesteryear would also be marvellous.

“This is a unique opportunity for people to be part of something truly special.”

In addition to a limited number of hard-backed copies, the book will also be available as a digital edition.

People can get in touch by emailing communications@wnc.ac.uk or by calling Louise Knott, director of communications, on 01623 413553. Alternatively, write to her at West Nottinghamshire College, Derby Road, Mansfield, NG18 5BH.

The college’s Derby Road campus opened as West Nottinghamshire Technical College in 1954. Its name changed to West Nottinghamshire College of Further Education in 1976 when it merged with the former Mansfield College of Arts to form one institution.

The college became known by its present name in 1993 following ‘incorporation’, which saw colleges leave local authority control and become independent organisations.