Founders Day celebrated

“FOR a school of 140 years, The Nicolson Institute has had a remarkable impact on both the island community and the outside world,” comments Western Isles Lord Lieutenant Sandy Matheson as he prepares to deliver a public talk on the history of the Lewis school to mark ‘Founders Day’ on February 24th, writes Eilidh Whiteford.

And the event highlights a milestone in The Nicolson’s chronicles as staff and pupils, past and present, prepare to bid farewell to the school as it’s known and anticipate the move into a brand new, all-in-one, state-of-the-art building later this year.

“The history of The Nicolson Institute is too sweeping in range of activities to be covered in one lecture,” continues Mr Matheson.

“The main theme of my talk will be in relation to the changing buildings within the complex and will touch on the founders and the developments in education annunciated by them.”

Mr Matheson is also issuing a plea to every member of the community to contribute archives, memorabilia or anecdotes to The Nicolson as current staff and pupils prepare for a series of exhibitions and events throughout the year to mark the school’s transition.

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