Illustrated talk traces the history of Bedford Modern School in its 250th year

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The history of one of Bedford’s oldest establishments will feature in a talk early next month.

As part of Bedford Modern School’s 250th anniversary celebration events, BMS archivist Richard Wildman will trace the history of the school from its beginnings as the Writing School of the Harpur Trust in 1764.

The talk, on Thursday, February 6, will be illustrated and there will be a display of artefacts from the school archive collection, including the trowel and mallet set used by the late Lady Thatcher when she laid the foundation stone of the present school in 1972.

Richard is a second-generation Old Bedford Modernian (OBM) (1956-65) and has been school archivist and OBM club secretary since 1999.

Starting at 7pm, the talk will be held in the Christopher Fry Hall.

Tickets are available free of charge from the school box office on 01234 332664.

The photograph shows the historic Blore Façade of the old Bedford Modern School in Harpur Street, Bedford by the late K J Petts (credit to the School Christmas card c,1952)