Missing Portraits Get Hung
Moseley Moderns second head teacher Donald Wilford came face to face with his past 31 years after leaving the school. He was presented with a portrait of himself, which will be hung in the main entrance foyer.
The portrait is one of two completed for the school by Bewdley portrait painter and Halesowen FE College art lecturer Marian Edwards. The paintings of Mr Wilford (head from 1967 – 1974) and the late Miss Eileen Cohen (head from 1955 – 1967) based on photographs contemporary with their headships were commissioned by the Moseleians Association. The portraits were officially unveiled at the Golden Reunion by Donald Wilford himself and will be hung along side the portraits of his successors in the main foyer.
After leaving Moseley in 1974, he took up the headship of Yardleys School, Birmingham until 1982.
Mr Wilford returned to Moseley School for the first time in 30 years to receive the portrait. He is now aged 82 and lives in retirement in Walsall, where he still writes occasional short stories and articles for publication.
David Peck, the then head teacher said: “The portraits fill a long-felt gap in our set of framed pictures of all previous heads of Moseley, dating back to the opening of the grammar school in 1923. Their completion and display will be a marvellous reminder of two dedicated head teachers.