Are you a past pupil of Inverness Royal Academy? Come join our virtual assembly as part of Doors Open Day. Wasps’ Inverness Creative Academy are delighted to present an online discussion with past pupils from Inverness Royal Academy during it’s period at Midmills.
The discussion will be chaired by former pupil and teacher Charles Bannerman who has written four books about the school’s history at Midmills. This year our building celebrated its 125th anniversary, since opening as Inverness Royal Academy in 1895 and this event will include personal reminiscence about the school’s key characters, memorable classes and antics from the 1950s – 1970s.
“The Midmills Building has now played a prominent educational and cultural role within Inverness for a century and a quarter and it’s great that the latest custodians of that heritage, Wasps, are so committed to maintaining that tradition and celebrating the building’s past. I hope this online exercise will give a revealing and entertaining insight into what life was like within its walls in its original role of housing Inverness Royal Academy.” Charles Bannerman
Charles Bannerman was a pupil at Inverness Royal Academy from 1965-71 and, having graduated in chemistry from Edinburgh University in 1975, returned to teach the subject at the school two years later, remaining there until he retired in 2013. His ‘Up Stephen’s Brae’ series of publications, dating from 1995 – 2013, engagingly chart the decades at Midmills and are a fantastic record of the school’s history. Alongside teaching Charles has had a parallel career in sports journalism and broadcasting as well as a lifelong interest in athletics and several spells coaching with Inverness Harriers.
Pictured: Sixth year geography class, Inverness Royal Academy, 1962, courtesy of the Andrew Paterson Collection and Am Baile
Inverness Creative Academy
This talk is part of our heritage project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and part of an ongoing series supporting the building’s current restoration project. Inverness Creative Academy will transform the two beautiful B-listed buildings of Midmills into the largest facility for the creative community in the Scottish Highlands. Phase 1 was completed in November 2018 and Phase 2, which will restore the original 1895 Academy building, is now underway. Find out more on our Inverness Creative Academy website.
You can watch our previous heritage talks 'Rose Street Foundry & Midmills: talk by Calum Maclean' and '125 years of Change at Midmills: An Illustrated Talk by Stuart MacKellar' on our Inverness Creative Academy facebook page.