Bristol CC Outdoor Education Centre situated in the village of Parkend in The Forest of Dean

Monday 1 October 2012

Dean Field Studies Centre 40th Anniversary Celebrations 1

 On 13th September 1972 the Dean Field Studies Centre was formally opened by Councillor C Draper, Chairman of the Bristol Education Committee. See the Log Book entry below:

Below are some archive photos from earlier times at the Centre

Students with caving equipment in 1978. The photo was developed and printed in the Centre's darkroom.

Student at Cannop Brook in 1979.

Students undertaking River Study 1979

Forest Walk 1979

Somervale School field sketching from roof of Land Rover Nov 82

Some things at the Centre haven't changed in forty years! We still go caving, do stream studies and forest walks. OK perhaps we don't do field sketching from the roofs of LandRovers anymore! These students are likely to be nearly 50 year olds now. Since the Centre opened 40 years ago we estimate that over 100,000 young people have been here. We wonder if some will have children or even grand children that have been to the Centre. Last week when we surveyed a group of 38 students from Elm Park Primary, 8 had a Mum or dad that had come to DFSC as a student.
If you came as a student and are now a grandparent with grandchildren who have been / are coming, we'd love to hear from you!

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