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Gerry McFarlane +2 - Jacqui Boyd +2 +3 - Colin Timm - Sue Ure Reid - Graham Chaddock (CHAD) - Angela (Fabian) Breckenridge - Abu Bakar bin Abd. Rahman - Hermann Valentin Schmitt - Mike Marsden - Wendy McLerie - Charles Bazalgette - Richard Farrington +2 - Paul Sproll - Robert Pachowski - Geraldine Aust - Angie (Sears) Goodman - Anne Hodgetts - Janet Forward - Ian Allen - Peter Juerges - Marc Steene - John Rayment - Nick Page - Marion (Bowron) Royle - David Cowper - Kai Wood Moe - Pete Coleman - Douglas Steven - Nick Parsons - Shirley King - Craig Smith - Amalia Grassi - Robert Blackmore - Steve Woolford - David Forster - Derek Riley - John Davison - Kit Gregory - Jan Byrne née Butterfield

Name:
Jan Byrne née Butterfield
Email:
Subject:
Sculpture
Dates:
83-86
Date:
21 December, 2006

Comments

Found out about web-site from Sue and John Repper. Studied Sculpture. Tutor - Mike Penny.

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Name:
Kit Gregory
Email:
Subject:
graphic design
Dates:
1966-69
Date:
14 December, 2006

Comments

Hi everyone from 66 to 69, I wonder why Clifford destroyed all our records: perhaps it was to maintain the "Corsham spy network" we were all so paranoid about in 67. Ho hum

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Name:
John Davison
Email:
Subject:
fine arts, anatomy and imbibing
Dates:
63-64
Date:
11 December, 2006

Comments

Was it true that we were really banned from Weston Supermare, Rosie Parvin said we were but I don't remember, this was the time when someone had an old jaguar, could it have been Simon Farrel?, she incidentally was last seen pursuing a rugby player in Yorkshire. I also remember sacrificing young virgins on the rock at Stonehenge but we could not find any.

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Name:
Derek Riley
Email:
Subject:
N/A
Dates:
N/A
Date:
9 November, 2006

Comments

I have just come across your website which is great.

I didn't go to The Art School but bought no: 4 The Stables when it was converted 11 years ago. The plants in the Courtyard are all mine by the way.

When I moved here I became friendly with one of the retired lecturers - Joe Hope - who still frequents the Royal Oak during the week on his trips to the bookies in Corsham and I generally see him on a Sunday at The Two Pigs.
The insides of the properties would surprise some of the ex-students for sure! If I can find any good photos for you I'll send them by post. For what it's worth the Courtyard gets frequently used these days by the residents of the Stables. We eat 'al fresco' there during the summer months and have frequent parties out there - though maybe not as raucous as some of the ones you guys had in your pomp!
It's a fantastic place to live and all of us here are very pleased the buildings have been restored and saved. A few times a year ex pupils wander around taking photographs which is really great other than, like me, they all seem to be respectable rather than the old hippies we all once were!
The rug rats who live in the new houses really do utilize the parkland during the summer and play cricket and footie there though the residents association have stopped me banging golf balls around (miserable b*****ds).
Late at night the place is like Watership Down plus badgers and Hedgehogs!. During the day there are Pheasants strutting around. We also get the odd Deer in here early in the morning! I also had to return a blooming Peacock to the Court recently who had decided to take up residence.
One other bit of info you may know. The Parker-Bowles sold Middlewick Manor to Nick Mason of the Pink Floyd some years back. He goes into the Pigs from time to time and is very much part of the community here though we don't 'bug him' as he's a good bloke and neighbour. Apart from the Ferraris, Helicopters and the odd £100 million he's just like the rest of us!

Keep building the site!

Derek Riley
(retired director of an Insurance Company
and Graduate ofUniversity)

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Name:
David Forster
Email:
Subject:
Painting
Dates:
1959 to 1960
Date:
2 November, 2006

Comments

Thanks for a window into the collective past, mixed feeling about the Brideshead years.

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Name:
Steve Woolford
Email:
Subject:
photo tech. & p/t tutor
Dates:
1982-86 [86-92]
Date:
19 October, 2006

Comments

As photo technician and p/time tutor 1982 to 1992 I have a huge collection of photos of Graphics students from the final Corsham years and possibly the BCHE fiasco!

I am reorganising my photo business in France and may have time to go through them soon.

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Name:
robert blackmore
Email:
Subject:
graphics
Dates:
67/68/69
Date:
14 October, 2006

Comments

I have photos of Michael Craig-Martin's class.
NB
Photos can be posted here as email attachments, also include descriptive text with each one - Gerry

Current Michael Craig-Martin Retrospective 'Works 1964-2006' at IMMA Dublin until 14th January 2007

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Name:
Amalia Grassi
Email:
Subject:
Ceramics
Dates:
1984 and 1985
Date:
13 October, 2006

Comments

I did the foundation course in Art & Design in Bath. The most wonderful course which I 
remember clearly. I went on to do a degree in Ceramics only to find that it wasn't right for 
me. I left after one term with full support from John Colbeck. I went on to study a degree 
in Photography in London.
Discovering this website is a trip to distant memories for me and times that are going to be hard to beat. What a website. I shall be back to visit it regularly.
People I remember studying with are my room mate, Sian Davies, and I only remember 
your first name, Dominic (long dark hair). Oh yes, and Phil King, I think he went on to do 
fine art but I'm not too clear on that. Reza Ben Gajra too.

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Name:
Craig Smith
Email:
Subject:
N/A
Dates:
N/A
Date:
18 September, 2006

Comments

I am a biographer in New Mexico, USA, seeking any information on Lucille Corinne 'Rini' Templeton, an American artist who studied at Bath Academy under Bernard Meadows in the mid-50's. Rini also apparently was briefly married to a Scottish musician, Alistair Graham.

Thank you.
Craig Smith

Rini Templeton in Wikipedia

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Name:
Shirley King
Email:
Subject:
Ceramics
Dates:
1982 - 1985
Date:
27 August, 2006

Comments

Found this site by accident! Amazed to see the photo of me and the rest of the class.
Now living in Bournemouth working in the Motor Trade IT.
I did visit Corsham in the early 90's and it was sad seeing the Beechfield site, so wonderful to now read that it has been rescued. (in the virtual world!)

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Name:
Nick Parsons
Email:
Subject:
N/A
Dates:
N/A
Date:
3 August, 2006

Comments

I am trying to trace my first cousin Julia Lancucki, I believe it's pronounced Winstetski.

I am Nick Parsons aged 48. It's a long story but I was adopted in 1957. Julia's late mum was Joan Mary Lancucki nee Gough. My father was Eric Gough Julia's uncle. Julia should have 3 brothers, Martin Lawrence & Richard. Julia may remember my sister Wendy Gough or has heard of her when they were toddlers in Moseley, Birmingham in the late 50's or my half brothers Stephen (54) and Graham (64).

If anyone knows her whereabouts I would like to write to her.

two photos of Julia taken in 1977 are on this page

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Name:
Richard Farrington
Email:
Subject:
Sculpture and Printmaking
Dates:
1974-78
Date:
27 June, 2006

Comments

Does anyone have a contact number for Jeanette Emery as Chris Weston wants to contact her. She was at Corsham teaching around 1986. Please phone Richard on 01420 542949

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Name:
Douglas Steven
Email:
Subject:
N/A
Dates:
N/A
Date:
16 June, 2006

Comments

Hi - you list the late Michael Finn and might like to know that his estate has a website for his works at http://www.michaelfinn-artist.co.uk

Douglas Steven (webmaster)

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Name:
Pete Coleman
Email:
Subject:
Ceramics 
Dates:
75-78
Date:
24 May, 2006

Comments

Hi Gerry and all,

I've just been sent a link to your site via a very strange route, which I won't bore you with now. Great site Gerry and has stirred up some old (and in some cases best forgotten) memories.
Quick resume: Teaching in Sussex, some ceramics still, Media and IT.
Still in touch with Roy Alexander in Seattle although I haven't seen him for years. See Wez West regularly and of course his wife Amanda (Mcphail).
The postcard of the ceramics bods are Wez, Me, Colin'jaf'Snow, and a girl I don't recognise? [Liz Marjoram]
Anyone want to contact me then feel free.
P.S. I am going to Wez's son's Degree show at Brighton this weekend. Time Flies!!
Keep up the good work.

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Name:
Kai Wood Moe
Email:
Subject:
3D design - Ceramics 
Dates:
1967-72
Date:
20 May, 2006

Comments

Started in digs at The Priory, Pickwick. Shared a room with Kit, Graphics doing a project on pubs. Moved on to a couple in South Street and from there to several years with farmer Griffin and wife at South Bank Farm. Great time with John Sumpter, Fine Art in another room here. Then a year with the librarian Siobhan Newsom at the top of Eden's house on the A4 in Pickwick.
Another year with Pete Bateman in a cottage in Pound Pill. Back with John Sumpter, Tom Cuthbert and ? at The Dairy, Pickwick. From there, a few months with Janina Mintowt Czyz and Jeff in a cottage down the narrow lane which went past the entrance gate to Beechfield.
A spell of sickness sent me home to Sandefjord, Norway to recuperate and work in my own studio set up at in an outhouse at home. Then back to Corsham for a second go at my final year, again with Siobhan Newsom in her newly acquired house just across the road from The Dairy, Pickwick to finish my studies.

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Name:
David Cowper
Email:
Subject:
Painting 
Dates:
1963-66
Date:
17 April, 2006

Comments

There isn't much evidence here that people attended the Academy during the years that I was there, so I thought that I would add mine.
I would particularly like to hear here how Philip Matthews and Simon Rothwell have been doing. I'm still painting away and I wonder if they are.

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Name:
marion bowron(royle)
Email:
Subject:
fine art painting 
Dates:
1974-77
Date:
14 April, 2006

Comments

Tutors: Jo Hope, Peter Kinley, Michael Kidner, Adrian Heath, Adrian Hicken, Dave King, Francis Shaw, Michael Simpson.
Visiting tutors: Howard Hodgkin, Joe Tilson, Stephen Buckley.

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Name:
nick page
Email:
Subject:
Visual Communication
Dates:
1979 - 82
Date:
6 April, 2006

Comments

Just spent a few hours trawling through the site. Very enjoyable. I too have some photos which I'll hunt out.

I keep in touch with Roger (Gus) Gibbons in Twickenham, Pandora Rabey (now Cook) in Devon, Tony Connorton (in Sydney) and Mark Kelly from the foundation course, my-ex Norna Horsburgh in Milton Keynes and more recently John Woodhouse (Chippenham) and Rob Polley (Islington).

I have lived in Perth, Western Australia since 1993 and have a small design consultancy.
Love to hear from anyone I knew.

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Name:
John Rayment
Email:
Subject:
3D Design-Ceramics
Dates:
1966 to 1969
Date:
31 March, 2006

Comments

Memories of days of student revolt.
When students had to be in their hostels by 10.00 at night or face expulsion.
Memories of living in ex army huts at Beechfield House.
The end of year Ball at Corsham Court and tea with Lord Methuen for all new students.
Happy times.

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Name:
Marc Steene
Email:
Subject:
Fine Art/Printmaking
Dates:
1979-82
Date:
10 January, 2006

Comments

I had a wonderful time at Corsham and remember it with great fondness. It all seems such a long time ago now, but it's great to see the photos and remember those faces from the past. I have got a few pictures stored away myself which I will endeavour to dig out and forward.

Me and two fellow students from BAA recently visited Michael Simpson to see his Bench paintings in the Great Barn at Bradford on Avon, it was great to spend some time talking and visit his studio, though he obviously couldn't remember me!

I still manage to paint occasionally and am currently Head of Education and Outreach at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, West Sussex.

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Name:
Peter Juerges
Email:
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
67-71
Date:
9 January, 2006
Comments

Peters photos from 1971

I'd just like to send New Years greetings to anyone who looks in let alone remembers and to ask all those that look in but don't contribute to support Gerry's hard work by adding to this Corsham story.
Let your new year be a good one wherever you are.

Cheers

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Name:
ian allen
Email:
Subject:
sculpture
Dates:
1975-78
Date:
20 December, 2005

Comments

I think I have the same prints submitted by Jane Foster, but luckily not the calendar ones.
I still have problems controlling my ego but Corsham can probably take some blame for that.
I am still making things but they are most definitely not art, oh and does anyone else have difficulty with the thought that they may not have made the best of the best time of their lives?
Good to see Beechfield with occupants once more, pity it's now buried under mock vernacular.

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Name:
Janet Forward
Email:
Subject:
 
Dates:
1974-77
Date:
30 October, 2005

Comments

In reply to the letter by Andrew Bailey, you may remember me and yes, I know of Biddy Coyles whereabouts and see her quite often. Tom also lives in Wiltshire although I don't see him except at their son Joe's wedding a few years ago. Liam's surname is Carolan and he and family have recently moved to Malmesbury.
Hope you are well, I'm still in Melksham after living in France for a couple of years. Ellen is 33 now!
Do get in touch.. Janet

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Name:
Anne Hodgetts
Email:
Subject:
Fine Art
Dates:
79-81
Date:
22 October, 2005

Comments

It is Mark Capper. I was in the same year as him.

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Name:
angie goodman
Email:
Subject:
Fine Art - painting
Dates:
77-78
Date:
08 October, 2005

Comments

I was only at BAA for a year, so after scrutinising the photos, I recognise hardly anyone except Rosie Ritchie (who I would love to hear from) and Ryan Aust.

I was fascinated by printmaking - I had no grant or loan and was trying to scrape through on lowly paid part-time work - when Ryan knew that, he helped me by pretending I had only asked for two thirds of each etching plate I bought and calling the other two thirds 'offcuts' or 'scrap' (which just happened to be still attached to the plate!) so I paid a third or so less.
He was always kind to me, always helpful and a goldmine of expertise on all technical aspects of etching.

Angela Sears

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Name:
jacqui boyd
Email:
Subject:
Fine Art - painting
Dates:
77-80
Date:
04 October, 2005
Comments

Jacqui and Anna's page.

Hi Geraldine,

I remember your Dad really well, one of the best people in the place. He was very down to earth and god knows what he thought of all us weirdo art students. To be honest, I learnt more from him than all the art tutors put together.

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Name:
Gerry McFarlane
Email:
Subject:
Ceramics
Dates:
74-78
Date:
03 October, 2005

Comments

Hi Geraldine,

As you didn't upload your email address, I have to add a reply to you here.

There's a photo of Ryan in the canteen in whoswho5.htm, Claudia Callaway (Campbell)'s page. There are many that will remember Ryan, if not his name (thanks for adding Aust) then definitely his face. I was never around the printing dept., but do remember him coming into the canteen regularly for his cuppa.

If you send me your email address, I can add it to the archive and this should then give people the opportunity to contact you personally with their memories of Ryan. If you want to add his collection of etchings to this site (of people at BAA with their names on them - to put faces to names), just let me know.

Cheers,
Gerry
BAA@C

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Name:
Geraldine Aust
Email:
no email address added
Subject:
 
Dates:
 
Date:
03 October, 2005

Comments

Hi

My father Ryan Aust worked in the etching department. I have various etchings at home with peoples names and just wondered who these people are...
Let me know if you remember him.

Thank you.
Geraldine

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Name:
Jacqui Boyd
Email:
Subject:
Fine Art - painting
Dates:
77-80
Date:
04 September, 2005
Comments

Jacqui and Anna's page.

Gerry, is there going to be a weblink to the exhibition mentioned on the front page?
visit my webpage: http://www.jacquiboyd-alden.com/

There is no current webpage on Harleston Gallery exhibition but there will be photos of the event added to the site at a later date. - Gerry

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Name:
Robert Pachowski
Email:
Subject:
Sculpture
Dates:
73-76
Date:
15 August, 2005

Comments

Holding hands with C. and running barefoot through the fields to Pickwick Lodge Farm.

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Name:
Paul Sproll
Email:
Subject:
painting/printmaking/education
Dates:
1963-1966
Date:
29 May, 2005

Comments

I still find it hard to believe that next year will mark the 40th anniversary of my completion of the Certificate in Education course - how can that be? I wonder how many others from the 1963-1966 cohort are wrestling with the same question.
I am still Head of Art + Design Education at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), but am about to embark on a year-long sabbatical which will hopefully permit me time to write, paint, and carry out some school-based research.
As I pondered on the fact that 40 years have somehow inexplicably passed by, I wondered how many, if any, of the class of '63 would contemplate returning to Corsham next summer to mark this significant benchmark!
Please do contact me if this seems even remotely possible. I got an e-mail from Paddy Adamson (Ceramics/Music) a few weeks ago, he is living and lecturing in London and is still making music.

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Name:
Richard Farrington
Email:
Subject:
Sculpture and Printmaking
Dates:
1974-1978
Date:
23 May, 2005

Comments

Great to stumble upon the site. Nigel Ayers contacted me and I looked him up and got to it. Will have a closer look later. I have been practicing!! www.richardfarrington.co.uk
Best wishes,
Richard

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Name:
Charles Bazalgette
Email:
Subject:
studio assistant/technician
Dates:
1963-4
Date:
17 May, 2005

Comments

I didn't study at Corsham, but worked for Rosemary Ellis for a year as a studio assistant from 1963-4.
I have fond memories of that time, although I left under a cloud (something to do with spending too much time in the womens' hostel after closing time). My job included mixing up the photo chemicals every morning (ugh!), feeding the toads in the education, making equipment and anything else that Rosemary could think of.
Who knows - somebody might even remember me!

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Name:
Wendy McLerie
Email:
no email address added died Jan 2011 - obituary
Subject:
pre-dip graphics
Dates:
1966-1967
Date:
09 May, 2005

Comments

My time at Corsham was magical and will never be forgotten.
I have recently returned for the first time to visit and my husband and I are thinking of retiring to the area. An intense and character forming time for me. I loved the village, friendship, music and cultural activity but thought the teaching was crap in the graphics department. Very 60's pseud. I wish that I had done fine art instead and perhaps then I would have stayed for the diploma course instead of transferring to Nottingham College of Art (where the teaching was great but the atmosphere was crap!).

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Name:
Mike Marsden
Email:
Subject:
Sculpture
Dates:
1965-69
Date:
04 May, 2005
Comments

Work, play and recreation from Mike.

Attending Cream's first performance for 37 yrs at the Royal Albert Hall last Monday evening I remembered nostalgically that back in the January of 1969, about half a dozen of us returned to Corsham over a week early before the end of the Christmas break just to get on with our work in the Sculpture School ready for our Finals that summer, and that on one evening we all went to Jo Hope's flat in Box, incidentally he wasn't there (his flat was in Howard Hodgkin's house I think?), to watch the BBC's broadcast of Cream's farewell concert at the Royal Albert Hall the previous November, all the College's hostels were closed of course and we needed access to a tele . . . . who would have thought 37 yrs on from one's last year at Corsham . . . . . and by the way, they can still play brilliantly . . . many a Saturday afternoon in the Sculpture School at Beechfield resounded to the Wheels of Fire double album . . . let it be.

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Name:
Hermann Valentin Schmitt
Email:
Subject:
Painting
Dates:
1965-66
Date:
29 March, 2005

Comments

I am searching for Kate Cummings [63-66] who was studying at the same time as me in Corsham Court. Does anybody know where Kate is now?

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Name:
abbar abbar
Email:
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
72-74
Date:
08 March, 2005

Comments

I wonder if my classmates of Graphics (Visual Communications) 72-74 still remember me.
I was the only Asian student (from Brunei) at that time studying in BAA. I still remember Ian Palfreyman as he was one of my good friends and Corrine Stewart one of the pretty girls of the Graphic class. There were more girls than us boys doing graphics that period. Our classroom was just a cold ex-RAF hut. I just completed my second year in BAA and left for Bournemouth And Poole College of Art after that. I don't remember by what name my friends used to call me as I have a long name Abu Bakar bin Abd. Rahman.
It would be great if any of my former classmates still remembers me (esp. Ian Palfreyman), and get in touch with me after all these years.

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Name:
angela breckenridge
Email:
Subject:
Graphics
Dates:
71-74
Date:
02 February, 2005

Comments

Just read Ian Beamish's wonderful and incorrect photographic entry. I would like to correct his facts on picture no.6! The GT Mini he so loved was mine and I was Tom Beeson's girlfriend called Angela! We parted after Corsham (not wholely due to the crash he had in my beloved Mini) and I've been happily married to Colin Breckenridge for 29 years (Colin was also at Corsham 71-74 and a friend of Tom's).
On a more positive note 'thanks Ian' I now have a photo of Tom and my Mini! I had neither before.... glad I could help - Angela (nee Fabian)
PS Have no idea what happened to Tom - love to hear from him or anyone who knows of him.
Now corrected in Ian's page - Gerry, Feb 05.

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Name:
Graham Chaddock (CHAD)
Email:
Subject:
graphics
Dates:
1967-70
Date:
14 January, 2005

Comments

Have recently contacted Clive Craven sculpture 1966-70. Anyone from the Newcy pucky club out there? Am now living in Whitby.

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Name:
sue ure reid
Email:
Subject:
Fine Art
Dates:
1975-78
Date:
12 January, 2005

Comments

Just a note to say Mr June in the Bath Academy Calendar is Trevor Barton....and thanks Gerry for this brilliant site.

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Name:
colin timm
Email:
Subject:
Visual Communication
Dates:
1976-79
Date:
10 January, 2005

Comments

Graphic students from '76 to '79

Just saw myself on the calendar, and all I can say is I'm twice the man I was back then, sadly tho I have half the hair too, sigh.
Thanks Jane and Sue for bringing back such fond memories. I Hope the rest of the guys get to see them, I should imagine Steve Roe will be more horrified today than he was posing three and a half decades ago.

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Name:
jacqui boyd
Email:
Subject:
Fine Art - painting
Dates:
1977-1980
Date:
01 January, 2005

Comments

Jacqui and Anna's page.

Well, you have been busy recently, Gerry.
Continue to look in on a regular basis and rekindle my memories of the place. Keep up the good work and hope to see many more pages in the coming year.

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Name:
Gerry McFarlane
Email:
Subject:
Ceramics
Dates:
1974 - 78
Date:
01 January, 2005

Comments

Hi all,

THIS guestbook will run for 2 years and the same conditions apply as before.
Thanks to those who have contributed to the site in the last year, your pages have certainly filled in some gaps within the decades.
But guess what?... yep, you've guessed it, I'm still looking for more!! I know, I just don't give up. So send those photos and accounts of your time at Corsham in, to the site.

Good Luck for 2005, keep safe!
Gerry

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