David Kindersley Centenary

Impington Village College is lucky enough to have three plaques created by the Cardozo-Kindersley Workshop. Each one is beautifully crafted and represents key events in the history of the College. As this is a special year celebrating the centenary of David Kindersley, this post acknowledges his work present at IVC as well as all three pieces being included within the ’75 Pieces’ exhibition for our 75th anniversary.

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Quote of the Week from Henry Morris

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“The Village College would have the great virtue of being local, so that it would enhance the quality of life as it is lived from day to day. Unlike the non-local residential institutions it would not be divorced from the normal environment, or from that greater educational institution, the family. Has there ever been an educational institution that at once provided for the needs of the family and consolidated its life… The Village College would lie athwart the daily lives of the community it served”. – Henry Morris, Cambridgeshire Secretary of Education

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Henry Morris – Quote of the Week

An inspirational man, Henry Morris was the pioneer of the Village Colleges in Cambridgeshire. Across the next few weeks, quotes will be posted detailing his beliefs and vision for education.

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“We must shift the centre of gravity of education from childhood to youth and maturity… At the present moment our state system of education is concerned almost wholly with children and the teachers of children… As the community centre for the neighbourhood the village college would provide for the whole man… We must do away with the insulated school… We must institutionalise our places of education so that they become centres of corporate life and not congeries of classrooms for discourse and instruction. We should picture a town clustering round its educational buildings with its hall, library and recreation grounds where old and young not only acquire knowledge but are inducted into a way of life. It is only in a world where education is confined to children that the teacher is liable to become a pundit or a tyrant… It is the life the adult will lead, the working philosophy by which he will live, the politics of the community which he will serve in his maturity that should be the main concern of education”. – Henry Morris, Cambridgeshire Secretary of Education

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The Theory of Everything – with special guest: JANE HAWKING

To mark the end of the 75th Anniversary Festival, Impington Village College invite you to a Special Evening of Film and Celebration on Friday 10 July, 7pm with a screening of The Theory of Everything (12A) in the Gropius Hall, Impington Village College.

Special guest Jane Hawking, author of “Travelling to Infinity: My life with Stephen”, the book on which the film is based, will give a special introduction and Q&A before the film is screened. The event will also include the screening of a short film about the 75th anniversary year.

In the 1960s, Cambridge University student and future physicist Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) falls in love with fellow collegian Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). At 21, Hawking learns that he has motor neuron disease. Despite this – and with Jane at his side – he begins an ambitious study of time, of which he has very little left, according to his doctor. He and Jane defy terrible odds and break new ground in the fields of medicine and science, achieving more than either could hope to imagine.

There will be a licensed bar run by the PSFA. The film is rated as age 12+. Tickets £3 student, £5 adults and can be bought online by clicking here.

7.00pm: Doors open – licensed bar
7.15pm: Welcome and screening of the Impington 75 Film
7.30pm: Special guest Jane Hawking to speak including a Q&A
7.45pm – 9.45pm: Screening of the feature film: The Theory of Everything

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Impington Film Club

IVC Film Club Poster

For more information on the film club due to start on Saturday 9 May held at Impington Village College, click here or email hello@stevenjwallis.com to register your interest.

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“A wonderful insight into the historical context of the building…”

On Saturday 25 April, IVC welcomed almost 100 people to the Lecture Day on Walter Gropius. There was a fantastic turn out of attendees, including professionals, academics, alumni, and community members.

It was a very informative day filled with presentations, discussions and opportunities to wander around the original Grade I Listed building. Many positive comments were received throughout the day on the historical input from speakers, the varied yet complementary topics, as well as the overall organisation and time-keeping of the event. Our thanks extends to everyone who came and made the day such a success!

For those who would like to view the lecture slides again, or were unable to attend the day, please find the PowerPoint presentation below, as well as a variety of photographs from the day.

Lecture Day Core Presentation

*COMING SOON* Audio recordings of the lectures to complement the presentation slides.

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Final Scrapstore and Heritage Open Day

This Saturday, 18th April, is the final chance this year to visit the Scrapstore in the IVC Library and to look around the Gropius Building on our Heritage Open Day.

The Scrapstore will be open from 10am-12pm. It is free to attend and anyone can drop-in to pick up a selection of craft supplies and use the Library resources for creative inspiration. The Farmer’s Market will also be taking place from 9am-12pm, which is an ideal time to pick up some local produce as well as view the College’s current exhibition display.

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Two Weeks to go!

Actually, it’s less than 2 weeks until ‘The Legacy of Walter Gropius’ Lecture Day at IVC.

There will be specialist speakers from across the country attending, including Alan Powers, Elizabeth Darling, Julia Barfield and others. Each will be reporting on Walter Gropius’ impact on architectural design throughout the 20th century up to the present day.

Tickets are selling fast and to make sure you get yours, they can still be purchased online through our eventbrite page by clicking here.

Saturday 25th April – Gropius Hall – Impington Village College – 10am-4pm

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It’s Easter!

Even though another term has come to a close, there will still be plenty of activity happening at IVC, and more preparations being made for the rest of the year.

During the Easter break, the Gropius Hall floor is being sanded and sealed, providing it with the correct treatment to ensure that it looks, and stays, at its best. There will also be an exciting IVC Dance Intensive Course taking place run by ex-students and alumni, as well as an Easter Study School.

For more information coming up, keep an eye on the “What’s On” page and subscribe to our Impington75 mailing list, detailing all news and events each month, by sending an email to impington75@impington.cambs.sch.uk.

Happy Easter!



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Friday Cinema – The Imitation Game

In the Gropius Hall on Friday 17th April, the Parents, Staff and Friends Association will be screening The Imitation Game. This film seemed relevant to show on a number of levels, not least because one of the student Houses at IVC is now named after Alan Turing.

In 1939, newly created British intelligence agency MI6 recruits Cambridge mathematics alumnus Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch) to crack Nazi codes, including Enigma – which cryptanalysts had thought unbreakable. Turing’s team, including Joan Clarke (Keira Knightley), analyse Enigma messages while he builds a machine to decipher them. Turing and team finally succeed and become heroes, but in 1952, the quiet genius encounters disgrace when authorities reveal he is gay and send him to prison.

This film has a certificate rating of 12A. Refreshments including soft drinks will be available, and doors open at 7pm with the screening starting at 7:30pm. Tickets: Adults £3.00, Students £2.00. Click here to purchase advance tickets online.

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