The top photograph of Rockside, with a tantalizing glimpse of the
spectacular views of the surrounding hillsides, was taken at
the end of the two year course of the 1954 intake to Matlock
Teacher Training College. This was the College Commemoration
Weekend in 1956 and the P.E. specialists can be seen performing
on the lawn for staff and visitors. Notice that a large number
of the women were wearing hats as this was the norm at that
Of those who qualified in the summer
of 1956, Drama was the main subject for 15 students whilst a further
20 studied P.E. People attended
the college from all over the UK, but local women also took advantage
of a college on the doorstep.
Matlock Training College was a pioneer in modern Music and Movement
and P.E. When the
film "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers"*,
the fifth most popular film in 1955, was screened at the Ritz the
college hired the cinema for a private viewing. This was apparently
because of the daring new dance routines, which were slammed by
critics and church leaders as too erotic, but Miss Allen was progressive
and made sure they saw the film and studied the movements.
Below is a photograph taken of the previous year's Commemoration/Graduation
Day, when some of the first years performed "Hiawatha".
They took the photos on the lawn at Rockside as a souvenir of the
dreaded dance tunics!
Janet Tilley | Marlene | Iris Burkinshaw | Jo | Marjorie Blunn
Mairi Sykes | Margaret Hoyte | Anne Mason (Minnehaha).
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