Over 200 people were welcomed into Old School House last Saturday to explore hidden corridors and former dormitories as we participated in the Heritage Open Days festival for 2017.
This is the first time that LRGS has taken part in the festival which relies on volunteers to organise events to celebrate our history and culture and to allow people to discover unseen places and try new experiences for free.
Visitors to Old School House were shown an exhibition featuring famous former pupils, our Old Lancastrians, who made significant contributions to Lancaster’s history and heritage. They include; James Williamson (Lord Ashton), Herbert Storey, Sir Richard Owen, Sir Edward Frankland, William Whewell and Henry Gregson.
Two volunteer school historians, Clive Holden and John Fidler gave in-depth talks on the school’s history and shared memories of their personal experiences of LRGS in times gone by.
Several Sixth Form boys kindly gave up their time to take groups on tours of the building. Special thanks to Justin Ezeala, Lewis McPherson and Will Hornby Phillips.
We thoroughly enjoyed meeting lots of new faces; people who have never visited before but pass by often and wonder what Old School house is used for, have now satisfied their curiosity.
There were many Old Lancastrians who visited for the first time since they left decades before and there was much reminiscing about their own school days. We heard interesting stories about punishments that were doles out in the Headmaster’s Study…there are some school traditions that we are happy to say are well left in the past!
We received some wonderful comments in our Visitor Book:
“Have loved coming back to reminisce, my daughter enjoyed it too.”
“Amazing visit, thanks to all concerned.”
“Fascinating. I particularly liked the old boys plaques as Lancaster’s streets are named after some.”
“John Fidler; amazing knowledge. Really enjoyable.”
“Wonderful tour. Thank you.”
Thank you to staff, pupils and volunteers for taking part and helping to share and celebrate our history and heritage with our community.