At first glance Sir Benjamin Britten, the hovercraft, and a super-sucky vacuum cleaner may not appear to have much in common. But, they do and it is Gresham’s School in North Norfolk.
The composer, famous for the operas Peter Grimes, Billy Budd & Noyes Fludde, to name but three, Sir Christopher Cockerell inventor of the hovercraft, and Sir James Dyson of eponymous vacuum cleaner fame, were all educated at Gresham’s. They feature in an exhibition ‘Inventing the Future’ currently taking place at the school.
Focusing on design and the arts, ‘Inventing the Future’ celebrates the achievements of former pupils – old Greshamians – who have made an impact in those fields on the national and international stage.
The roll call is remarkable and includes musicians, architects, artists, actors, directors, musicians, writers and engineers. Ben Nicholson, Sir Philip Dowson, Anthony Hudson, Christopher Strachey, WH Auden, Sir Stephen Spender and Olivia Colman are just a few of the prominent and respected Old Greshamians, represented in the exhibition. Their innovation and creativity fostered by the enlightened ethos of the school in the 20th century.
Daniel Connal Partnership is delighted to be supporting this inspiring and free exhibition as a key sponsor. It runs at Gresham’s until 14 October.