I treasure a memory of sneaking a look at life classes with a female model somewhere in the Mechanics' Institute - but is it a memory or a fantasy? Did anyone else score a perve? Did they in fact have life classes there? Perhaps John Ford was right in Liberty Valance - When legend becomes fact, print the legend.
It's a bugger, getting old, isn't it?
There were large sections of the Mechanics out-of-bounds to KBGS. I seem to remember you could find these remote corners by climbing the stairs above the D corridor and up the stairs at the end of the Junior Corridor. Occasionally you would encounter an adult and turn tail - never did I have the good fortune that Paul had although I did hear rumours that such things went on. I can remember that the Art Room was on a corridor high in the roof of the Mechanics but there were never any nude models in Jim Stribley's lessons.
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I have a vague recollection that Willie Westall might have got a 'model' in at one time strictly for an afterschool art club. On the other hand I can hardly see Joe allowing it, or maybe he wasnt told.
Legend may be fact after all . I remember in the art class on the top floor on the street side there was a section of the plasterboard that was removable . With care it was possible to climb into the roof space or wall space and walk along and emerge in the art school. Which I did once and came upon a life class and a fleeting glimpse of a nude . I was quick to find a way out and down some flights of stairs to the basement corridor leading back to the old school.
As for getting old its better than the alternative .
Mike, during my time at the School that corridor, in which the panel was removable, was known as 'the cardboard corridor'. There were many holes in the 'cardboard' but maybe someone had got wise to an earlier generation than mine peaking at the nudes because we never knew anything about such delights so close at hand!