WORK is finally underway on a £300,000 multimedia gallery at Ilkeston School.
The project, which was due to be finished by now, has suffered numerous setbacks with funding and other issues but now scaffolding is finally up and builders are in.
Arts co-ordinator Kate Le Prevost said: “We’re all so excited that work’s finally started.
“It’s obviously the very early stages but it’s great that things are starting to happen now.
“The students are already looking forward to when the work is complete.”
As part of the project Ilkeston School are hosting a memories event at Erewash Museum.
They want anyone who was a pupil at the school or old staff members to go to the museum and share their memories.
Kate said: “We really want people to come along and tell us their stories and memories of the school.
“We’d also love to see any old photographs or memorabilia.
“It will be put up on the walls of the hall for everyone to see when we host a special open evening later this year.”
The hall which was previously unused, except for during exams, will be transformed into a state-of-the-art multimedia centre open to both students and the wider community.
It will house the latest technology including iPads, Apple Macs, sound systems and HD filming equipment.
Kate said: “It’s going to be a state-of-the-art facility open to everyone.
“There will be everything you would expect to find in a multimedia gallery and it will be a great asset for the school.
“The wider community have been a great help in getting the money together as well as lots of hard work by the students and staff.
“We can’t wait for the work to be complete so we can use the centre.”
Money to pay for the work has been raised by pupils and obtained from various grant schemes.