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©Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery.

The venue for the exhibition the ‘Ten of Us’ ( Saddleworth Museum and Art Gallery) is situated in the 19th century

Victoria Mill, in a beautiful and historic location beside the Huddersfield Narrow Canal in Uppermill. It opened in 1962

and is situated in one of the out buildings of the 19th century mill. The “Into the Future” project which was approved

by the Heritage Lottery Fund Organisation comprised of a two storey front extension to increase the exhibition space

as well as creating a strong presence in the town. The extension on the front has taken the building back to its original

position on the edge of High Street. The Museum and Art Gallery has now been fully refurbished

On the following pages are some some examples of the Art created by a few of the Artists exhibiting at ‘the Ten of

Us’ - They have provided a summary of what the MSoA meant to them. I beieve they all acknowledge that the

leading light of the School was the headmaster. Below is a brief tribute to him by one of the ‘Ten of Us’

The Head master. E. A. Goodman MBE

Central to the Art school’s success in developing

and implementing the arts-led approach to

education was its charismatic headmaster,

Ernest Goodman.

Affectionately known as ‘Benny’ - after the

American jazz musician - Mr. Goodman was the

Manchester High School of Art.

He and his inspirational teaching staff inspired

generations of students who passed through the

school and to this day speak with great affection

for a headmaster whose visionary approach

provided pupils with a very unique form of

secondary education, the like of which we are

unlikely to see again.

In 1969, Mr. Goodman was awarded the MBE

for services to secondary education.

For ten-years he was chairman of the arts

committee of the Schools Council, and wrote

and lectured extensively on art education.

A friend to artists L.S. Lowry and Harold

Riley, he also founded Salford Art Club.

Following a distinguished career and lengthy

retirement, Mr. Goodman passed away in

September 2007 aged 89 years.

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