Old School - Nottinghamshire Old School

Old School was a new arts and heritage project to uncover and collect memories of Fountaindale School in Mansfield. The project was supported by Nottinghamshire County Council Arts Service and was delivered by Junction Arts.


Fountaindale School has a fascinating history, from it’s beginnings in 1957 when it was known as ‘Thieves Wood School for Very Severely Handicapped Children’ to it’s present incarnation as a ‘Specialist SEN School’ for children with physical and sensory needs. A new school is being built on land adjacent to the current buildings and we wanted to capture some of the stories that have shaped it’s development.

Junction Arts worked with artist Nathan Portlock and staff and students from Fountaindale school to create an exhibition of photographs and written excerpts of interviews recorded by students.
Once the interviews were recorded along with ambient sounds of the school an audio sound track was produced. The exhibition has completed it’s tour which was very well received.

You can listen to it here Old School Audio Soundtrack

We have the full interviews for you to read , please click on the names below and you will be directed to the full transcript.