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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!


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.

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 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.