THE Thurrock Campus of South Essex College at Woodview will close its doors for the final time to students at the end of June.
The former ‘Thurrock Tech’ site is moving to a brand new £45 million Thurrock Campus that will be opening its doors in Grays high street in September.
But, before the swish new setting and state-of-the-art facilities at the new building comes a time for reflection and celebration of all the people, friendships and pivotal moments that have taken place in the current building.
South Essex College may well be looking to the future with its new campus but not before it looks back at the old site’s past glories and all that has been achieved and accomplished in its now crumbling walls.
So, whether you or a relative were there when the Duke of Edinburgh officially opened the building in 1960, or if you just have cherished memories from studying there, making lifelong friends or even meeting your future husband or wife, the College would love to hear from you. Your stories, pictures and even video will form part of a new celebratory exhibition, some images will also be shared online. Please name the people in the images where possible.
Angela O’Donoghue, Principal and Chief Executive of South Essex College, said: “The current building going will, for many, seem like the end of an era but it is actually a fantastic new beginning, quite literally, as our new campus will deliver amazing facilities in Grays town centre, offering more choice than ever before. More importantly we are creating a learning environment that the young people of Thurrock deserve.
“It really is an exciting time to be a student or member of staff at the Thurrock Campus of South Essex College and new opportunities like this don’t happen every day, or even every decade. The Thurrock Campus, in all its guises, has long played a pivotal part in the local community and it shall continue to do that, just with a new look, a new energy and a new location.”
Whether you know it as Thurrock Tech, Thurrock and Basildon College or Thurrock College, please get in touch.
Images must be high quality colour scanned documents/images (300 dpi) and any originals will be copied and returned, so please clearly mark with a return address.
Photograph courtesy of the Francis Frith collection.