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This carved stone inscription is placed in the common room, which can be accessed by the village residents, at Impington Village College, in the English county of Cambridgeshire. The buildings of 1938/9 by Walter Gropius and Maxwell Fry are Grade I listed

The school opened in 1939, two weeks after the outbreak of World War II. It was the fourth Village College to be opened in Cambridgeshire. As a village college, it was originally intended to encompass all aspects of learning in the village, and included prominent space for adult education.

Henry Morris, founder of the village college system, employed prominent architects to design the colleges, and Impington was designed by Walter Gropius, founder of The Bauhaus School of Architecture, and his partner Maxwell Fry. It is the only example of Gropius’s work in Britain and the building is now Grade I listed building. In 2014, the college received a £100,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for important repair and restoration works to the listed part of the site. 

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image credit: Harvard Art Museums/Busch-Reisinger Museum, Gift of the Architect’s Collaborative

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image credit: RIBA Library Drawings & Archives Collections

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