‘Underneath the Hazels’ is the exciting new archive exhibition celebrating the history of a distinguished Knowsley teaching college – C.F. Mott College. Founded in 1946 it went on to become one of the largest and most successful teaching colleges in the country.
Charting the changing student fashions and the hot topics in college magazines, the architectural evolution of the campus and developments in teaching practice, ‘Underneath the Hazels’ reveals the college’s fascinating 40 year history.
Knowsley Archives have been able to catalogue and preserve the unique C.F. Mott College archive stored in the ARK and showcase the collection with the ‘Underneath the Hazels’ exhibition with support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
There is a first chance to see the exhibition, including a talk by the project’s lead archivist, on Wednesday 13 November, 6pm to 8pm. The private view with talk is free but please register your interest by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0151 443 4291.
The exhibition opens the following day, Thursday 14 November 2019 until Friday 31 January 2020 in the ARK exhibition space, Kirkby Library.
Cllr Jayne Aston, Knowsley Cabinet Member for Resources, said:
“We’re delighted Knowsley Archives has been able to catalogue, preserve and showcase the C.F. Mott College collection for us all to enjoy.
“The exhibition provides a fascinating glimpse of a by-gone era and for former staff and students it is sure to rekindle fond memories of their time at the college. We hope it will encourage college alumni to get in touch and share their memories and perhaps donate any items to the archive which they may still have from their time at the college.”
C.F Mott College 1946 to 1983
The college campus was spread across the Huyton and Prescot border and at its centre was the Hazels, a stately 18th century building that had been owned by, amongst others, members of the Pilkington family.
Named after a distinguished former Director of Education for the City of Liverpool, Charles Francis Mott, the college was founded in 1946 in response to the national shortage of teachers following the end of the Second World War.
In the 1980s the college merged with Liverpool Polytechnic and the Knowsley campus closed, but its expertise in arts and humanities made a significant contribution to the Polytechnic’s fine reputation in these areas, maintained by the current Liverpool John Moores University.
If you were a student or you worked at C.F Mott College and would be interested in having your memories recorded for future generations and researchers, or if you would like to deposit any of your own mementos of the college with the archive, please get in touch!
The exhibition runs from Thursday 14 November 2019 to Friday 31 January 2020 in the ARK exhibition space, Kirkby Library.