Brighton Building School for Building and Engineering

The Coronation window 1951

By Barry Flahey

Photo:The Coronation Window: click on image to open a large version in a new window

The Coronation Window: click on image to open a large version in a new window

From the private collection of Barry Flahey

Photographs saved by my parents

I recently came across these photographs that my parents had wrapped in tracing paper and obviously protected over the past 60 years.The first shows the Coronation Window itself. The second shows some of the art class working on the project for the window in 1952. Front row is Ian Waddell (left) and Joe Osbourne. Behind is Alan Burt (left), Alan Woodart and me, Barry Flahey.

Mr McKinley initiated the project

If memory serves, the Coronation window was initiated by Mr Alex McKinley following the success of the Festival of Britain window. It certainly was a major project and many students who opted to take art classes did a little bit toward completing the final window. I do not remember if it was ever put on display and have no idea what eventually happened to it.

A great influence on my career

I am still working in the arts field , drawing and painting insects and plants for the Canadian Agrifood research dept. I think it is largely due to Mr Alex McKinley and his teaching at the Brighton Building School for Building and Engineering that I went on to forge a career in the arts.

Do you remember?

Do you remember the Coronation Window? Maybe you worked on it? Do you remember Mr McKinley? If you can share your memories with us, please leave a comment below.

Photo:Front row is Ian Waddell (left) and Joe Osbourne. Behind is Alan Burt (left), Alan Woodart and me, Barry Flahey.

Front row is Ian Waddell (left) and Joe Osbourne. Behind is Alan Burt (left), Alan Woodart and me, Barry Flahey.

From the private collection of Barry Flahey

This page was added on 13/08/2014.
Comments about this page

There is a thread in this website about the Building School and also about the window. From memory I think the whereabouts of the window is given. There is more than one thread about the BSTSBE by the way. I suggest trying the search box.

Editor's note: Vic - if you look at the top of the page on the right hand side it shows all the pages about the school. It includes one about the Festival of Britain stained glass window.

By Vic Bath (13/08/2014)

Very nostalgic to see the Coronation Mural again after so many years. I worked on one of the "Dukes" - I believe Norfolk. If memory serves Mr Mckinley's wife also worked on the project. The three gentlemen in the class photograph were in the same class as myself (2T?). I remember well how much we enjoyed playing "Squiggles" in Mr Mckinley's art classes; happy days indeed. Peter (Tug) Wilson

By Peter Wilson (27/08/2014)

'Tug' - I recall you readily - and indeed Joe Osbourne and  Waddell - especially on the soccer field. I never aspired to anything art in those days and so was kept well clear of the window. Today though I would have loved to be involved. Hope life has been kind to you all.

By John Hancock (02/07/2017)

There is a Facebook group for the old school, it would be great if you had any photos, you could post there Barry Flahey. Thanks

By Bob Valder (23/08/2017)

Opps, forgot to add the link, open to all ex-pupils of course.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/50103381805

By Bob Valder (23/08/2017)

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