The Science and Art Institute

The Science and Art Institute was the second ‘mechanic’s institute’ in the United Kingdom. In 1840 the Mechanics Institute started without a permanent building until 1864 a dedicated building was available and provide its new name the Wolverton Science and Art Institute. The building was located on the corner of Church Street and St. Georges Way and it offered 12 classrooms, a library, an auditorium and a lecture theatre. Evening classes were also available here in a range of academic and practical disciplines. The building was destroyed by fire in the 1960s and is now a public car park.

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  • I am not sure if it was before WW2, but certainly after WW2 during the 1950s upto the summer of 1958 the Science an Art building was used as a school with a technically biased curicullum and was called Wolverton Secondary Technical School. In those days in the education system children took the 11 plus exam to gain access to the grammar school, if you were not successful there was another opportunity after 2 years at a secondary modern school to take a 13 plus examination and gain access to the secondary technical school, I was one of those pupils and spent three happy and fruitful years at Wolverton Secondary Technical School from 1955 to 1958. In those days the defined school leaving age was 15 but both the grammar school and the technical school added an extra year so we left at age 16 yrs. Pupils for both schools came from far and wide in North Bucks and special school trains ran from Bletchley station and Newport Pagnell to transport us to Wolverton, there were other pupils that could not reach these trains who would stay during the week at Wolverton House which is now the restaurant close to Wolverton Mill near Stony Stratford. The school took both sexes but classes were segregated, the boys subjects being science and engineering biased and the girls being clerically biased with both having the normal subjects such as Maths, English, History etc.

    By Paul Davess (21/11/2015)
  • The Science and Arts was burned down in 1970, not the 1960’s. Ian Bay from Haversham admitted starting the fire.

    By George Sanders (15/12/2014)
  • I have a series of colour slides of the fire.
    Would they be of use to this archive?

    By dave (19/08/2014)

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