This section represents all the photographs currently in the archive, ranging from portraits of individual past pupils, to form and team photos, and those of the whole school. There are also images of events and documents in the archive, and even a few videos. Photos are also indexed according to the era they belong to to help you find what you’re looking for.

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Well, that’s almost it for the Centenary celebrations at Moor Allerton. Last week we had our special open day for all our former pupils and staff followed by the Centenary summer garden party, and yesterday, it all culminated in the Centenary Spectacular “The Rhythm of Life” performed by the WHOLE SCHOOL and many of the teachers in two mega-performances at Stockport Plaza.

We’re sure everyone who went was thoroughly impressed with the efforts made by all involved resulting in the amazing array of entertainment on offer.

Most parents heeded Mrs Adams request not to take photos during the performance, but we from the Centenary website managed to sneak a camera out, and here are a few shots of the children thoroughly enjoying themselves during the grand finalé of the evening performance.

Well done, once again, to everyone involved. Who knows who will be looking at these photos in a hundred years time!

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During the 1950’s it seems as though displays of this kind were a regular feature of Parent’s Days and other events at Moor Allerton School judging by the school’s old photograph albums. It can’t have been much fun being at the bottom of the pyramid, though it looks as though they put the biggest boys there, and put the smallest and lightest at the top!

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Health and Safety legislation would probably rule out anything like this today – notice the complete lack of safety mats to provide a soft landing!

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Rehearsals are in full flow and costumes are being put together for the school’s Centenary Spectacular production on July 2nd at Stockport Plaza.

Moor Allerton regularly puts on productions at this marvellous theatre. Here. we’ve collected together some photos of the school production from 2009. That’s not so long ago, so hopefully if you are reading this, you’ll have some memories of this event. Tell us about it. What was the theme? Is that one of your children , or older brothers or sisters up there on stage?

Let us know in the comments box below.

This first weekend of June sees Moor Allerton proudly joining the annual parade of the Didsbury Festival, as it has done for many years before.
Here are some pictures taken over the last ten years at the event.

Over the last 100 years there have been lots of changes to Moor Allerton School and its surroundings – not least to the land immediately around the school building itself. Early photos offer tantalising glimpses of greenery, indicating that there were once gardens at both the front and the rear of the building. The following photograph in particular shows how extensive those gardens once were….

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 We’d love to hear from anyone who knows exactly where this was, and when it disappeared…

 

One passion which has run through the decades at Moor Allerton is that of football. The teams and squads best documented in the school archive are those of the middle decades, between the 60s and the 80s, and here you can see a gallery of teams from this period.

Only a few have records of the actual pupils. So if you are on those line-ups, or you recognise any of the faces, then please leave a reply and let us know.

Likewise, if you have any footballing photos from this or any other period of the school’s history, please let us have them so we can add to the gallery.

If you take a look at the previous posts Old Boys 1914–1924 Parts 1 2 3 4 5 6 and 7 you’ll discover fantastic original photos and details of some of Moor Allerton’s very earliest pupils, dating back almost a hundred years. Unfortunately, some of the pictures had become detached from the original album, so we can’t put names to faces or provide any more details for the following, but we thought we’d post the photos anyway …

 

To go along with the post from earlier in the year – Ashes to Ashes – Cricket stars of the future… from the past! – we’ve found some more undated cricket 11 line-ups. These are possibly from 1970, 1971 and 1982 respectively – but if you are able to date these more accurately; if you recognise any of the faces in the teams; or better still, if you are one of those boys, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box foot of the page.

Moor Allterton Cricket 11 from approx. 1970

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Moor Allterton Cricket 11 from approx. 1971

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Moor Allterton Cricket 11 from approx. 1982

Cricket Team c.1982

Well, to find the answer, you’ll have to browse the pages of these two ‘Friends of Moor Allerton’ magazines produced in 1981 and 1982 respectively.

Collating together news of the school, reports and accounts of events, original writing, poetry and crossword puzzles, they also contain ‘The Legendary Moor Allerton Jokes Page’ wherein you’ll find the rib-tickling answer to the question posed in the title of this post.

School-boy humour indeed!

In the archive, we have three editions of ‘Moor Allerton News’ dating from 1976. This is a magazine written and produced by a small group of pupils and circulated throughout the school. The highlights displayed here show the magazines contained a wide variety of school news and news from the wider world, topics relating to what was being studied at the time, sports reports, quizzes and competitions.

The writing and production is of a very high standard. Apologies for the quality of the reproductions here. Remember, there were no PCs with desktop publishing programs, so everything would have had to have been typed out on a manual typewriter and cut-and-pasted before being photocopied! An interesting read, and a great record of the times.

Good work Michael Joy, Paul Dixon, Richard Dean and all your contributors!