New Television Studio

Today’s event was Peter Salmon, Director of BBC North, visiting the campus to open the new television studio in the LINC. I managed to catch the second half of his talk to media and PR students about the move to Media City in Salford that happens next year and some of the opportunities that it will open to graduates.

Peter then went to the new television studio to be interviewed by students and then officially drew back the green curtain covering the plaque. It was my first time in the studios – ever, not just the new one – and I was very impressed!–pQ

It continues Edge Hill’s record of having cutting edge facilities as you can see from the photos of Edge Hill College Television and the outside broadcast unit that I published earlier in the year!

Edge Hill College Television

Edge Hill College Television Van

A Vision of Learning

Last night I attended the launch of a new book about the history of Edge Hill University. It was co-authored by Fiona Montgomery – author of the last two books published in 1985 and 1997 – and Mark Flinn who retired as Pro Vice Chancellor (Academic) last year.

Coinciding with the launch of the book (which is available from Blackwells online or in the Library – that’s my corporate bit out of the way!) there’s an exhibition in the foyer of the Faculty of Health detailing the Edge Hill’s journey from a teaching college for 41 women in a district of Liverpool, through the move to Ormskirk in the 1930s, the admission of men in 1958 and the push for university status. There’s also a fascinating promotional video which I’ll try to get permission to publish here.

The brand-new Edge Hill campus (of 1933)

Thanks to the generosity of Edge Hill alumnus and Honorary Fellow Anne Laing, we are able to look at these amazing images of the campus during its first two years of opening, 1933-35.

Here are a few selected images. You can see them all as a slideshow or gallery.

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Note view straight through to the Quad.

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Note haywain.

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Lovely snow image – the footprints lead to what looks like an allotment.

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Do not try this in the present. (Is this Ruff Lane?)

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A beautiful, formal shot of Hale Hall.

These candid snaps are both evocative and informative. Thanks Anne!

Lancashire Hall

Lancashire Hall

An interesting article about the old Lancashire Hall from an issue of Edgeways:

ONE of Edge Hill’s best-known buildings has been demolished to make way for a multi-million pound new development.

Lancashire Hall, home to thousands of students since it was built in 1962, has been pulled down, to be replaced by an exciting new £4 million teaching and learning centre, part of Edge Hill’s commitment to an investment of a further £12 million over the next three years.

The demolition of Lancashire Hall – thought to be the tallest residential building in West Lancashire – attracted interest from alumni around the world.

One former student asked for a brick from the building, and the alumni office received many letters reminiscing about the good times students had there.

The hall, officially opened by Princess Margaret on May 22, 1963, had room for around 100 students. It has also housed the Student Union and various offices in the past.

But with more students choosing to live at home, the decision was taken to clear the site for a new teaching and learning centre for Sports Science and Health Studies.

Lancashire Hall was “stripped out” before a giant machine was brought in to “bite” pieces from the structure, slowly demolishing it bit by bit.

Work on the new building is expected to start in September, and it is scheduled to be ready for use from September 2001.

The building, on two levels covering nearly 4,000 square metres, will provide a range of state of the art teaching and testing facilities, including laboratories for physiology, psychology and biomechanics.

The building will be close to the Sporting Edge to complement and share the existing facilities, whilst extensive landscaping will be carried out around the new development.

Further news on the progress of the new building will be featured in the next edition of Edgeways.

Edge Hill retro-fashion

A fascinating gift from a long-standing Alumnus has arrived in the 125 Office. Apparently in the very earliest years at Ormskirk, the (all-female) students were all given a silk square to wear when they commenced their studies:


It has lasted remarkably well for 70+ years. Perhaps the narrow gold stripes were a bit brighter when it was woven but the heliotrope and green are still very fresh.

The precious original has been stashed in the 125 Archive and no others are know to exist. But the 125 Team are wondering if there would be a market for these if new ones were made? Or if they would make a good gift for visitors?

Projection & Reflection

Guest post by Rachel Bury from Learning Services

Projection & Reflection

Last night saw me and friends from the University at the CUC Gallery in Liverpool for an exciting 125 event which was very much the future! We were in the fabulous CUC gallery space which is an old Victorian warehouse in the city centre of Liverpool. The Projection and Reflection exhibition is in the basement, which suited the media brilliantly, very much a juxtaposition of the old and the new.

Projection and Reflection was a collaborative event with staff from the University’s Media Department and a previous Media lecturer who is now at Nottingham Trent. The pieces in the exhibition were using interactive media, animation and film. There are a number of fantastic media pieces that used the basement space so well but my favorites were the ABSROW installation where the audience has to get involved (go and see the exhibition and see the smiling tree!) and Russell Murray’s ‘Where We Went When We Left This Place’ ..the imagery and patterns did really take you into a virtual world which could be anything you wanted it to be, could be your past or future dreams.

The space in the basement was very dark and the music and projection was very atmospheric. A discussion started about would we see this in our this type of media something we might use to set the mood of your home and the concensus from the group was yes.

The exhibition is on until 27th August and I would recommend a visit just to see some of the ways artists are using technology to convey abstract images and very personal human experiences and thoughts and also you get an opportunity to interact which is always a great way to get people involved with technology.

Edge Hill Metal

In a previous post I visited Edge Hill station and mentioned that the arts and culture space Metal was housed in one of the buildings but since I visited at 7pm on a Sunday night it was unsurprisingly closed!

The other day BBC Breakfast visited Metal in a feature about old railway buildings:

What happens to old railway buildings when they are no longer needed?

Many old waiting rooms, parcel offices and station pubs have fallen into disrepair – but now a new scheme has been launched to restore these listed buildings and give them a new lease of life.

The BBC’s Susannah Streeter visited Edge Hill in Liverpool, one of the oldest surviving stations in the world – where one of the disused platform buildings has been transformed into an art gallery and creative space.

Who you calling a mug?

I got back into the office this morning to find this Edge Hill University College branded mug on my desk:

Edge Hill University College: mug

It’s quite likely that someone is trying to tell me something, but I think it’s great!  I really like how the old logo’s “waves” have been turned on their side.

In the background you can see the new home of IT Services in the Durning Centre – more of that in a future post!

Update: Flickr which I use to host photos is playing up at the moment – might work if you look at the photos direct.