Sir Joseph Whitworth (BART)



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A potted History of Openshaw Technical College
by Arthur Brown


1915


Openshaw Technical School was opened. A workshop and laboratory were located in the Whitworth Institute with the Classrooms in the Crossley (Openshaw) Lads' Club. A contemporary report shows that Openshaw Technical School was used as an evening centre for farrier's courses and for blacksmiths' competitions.


1916


Two forms of 40 day boys completed their engineering training and commenced their working careers.

Openshaw Technical School, the forerunner of Openshaw Technical College was born


1924


The Governors report said that the school now has 100 day boys and a growing number of evening students


1931


A new purpose built technical school with workshops, laboratories, and light spacious classrooms was opened. HM Inspectors described the building "as admirably suited to the purpose."


1937


The school gained recognition as a centre for Ordinary National Certificates in both mechanical and electrical engineering. There were now 537 part time students.


1938


The Junior Technical school was evacuated to Altrincham, Cheshire.
It soon returned to Openshaw and work continued. The school was fortunate to escape bomb damage.

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