It was a place where teachers could meet, advance their knowledge and skills swap ideas and study in the library.
Originally it had been a large private residence and in the fullness of time I will go its history.
I started going there in 1973 and used it fairly regularly throughout the rest of the decade and into the next.
I lost touch with the place years ago and so Andy Robertson’s two pictures are a welcome reminder of one of those key moments in my life when getting married and starting work in Wythenshawe coincided with my visits to the Teacher’s Centre.
At the time I took the place for granted and gave no thought to how grand the building would have been when it was a family home.
And by one of those wonderful twists of chance I rather think that one of the people in the 1965 picture is Joan Leighton who was my first head teacher which makes the link I was looking for.
She is sitting on the right of the picture beside the lady with the hat.
It was a book I used less than a decade later.
And then there is one final link and it is the hall which stood beside what had been the rear of the house.
It was a functional bit of a building with no pretence to be anything other than what it was.
Beyond the glass fronted entrance was a large space which pretty much resembled any school hall built in the three decades after the last war and was the first casualty of the new development.
Pictures; Didsbury business centre.com, once Teachers Centre 2105 from the collection of Andy Robertson, and the Humanities room of Teacher’s Centre, 1965, m66479, and the hall, 1974, m21496, courtesy of Manchester Libraries, Information and Archives, Manchester City Council, http://images.manchester.gov.uk/index.php?session=pass