The College

From a very early prospectus presented by The County Council for the County Palatine of Lancaster comes the following:

The College offers a Three-Year course for men and women students preparing to teach in Primary and Secondary schools.

Edge Hill College, which was founded in 1885 in Liverpool, was transferred to new buildings in September, 1933. A further building programme was completed in 1962. The present College is situated on the outskirts of Ormskirk in grounds of 40 acres, at an elevation of 200 feet above sea level.

Halls of residence and additional buildings accommodate 520 students, in single study – bedrooms. In addition a few students can be accommodated in rooms in Ormskirk, and there are also places for a small number of non-resident students.

Ample arrangements for all kinds of outdoor activities are provided, and the College has its own swimming bath.

The College is inter-denominational. There are daily prayers, and students are welcomed at the Ormskirk Parish Church and at the other local churches.

The brochure also includes a couple of photos courtesy of Lancashire Life:

Common Room

Entrance

A personal message from the Director #4

Ruth GeeEdge Hill College has been providing high quality education for many years, well over a century in fact. We pride ourselves however on meeting the needs of the future, whilst building on the best of the past.

We recognise that students want opportunities to develop their knowledge and scholarship to higher education level whilst at the same time acquiring the transferable skills to best equip them for the demands of the next century.

Every student, regardless of their sex, race, age or class and despite any disability they might have is offered that opportunity at Edge Hill. Whatever your background, however you have spent your life up to this point, you will be assessed on your ability to benefit from the course you select.

If after reading this prospectus you remain uncertain, come and look for yourself. You would be most welcome to come on your own, with a friend or in a group. Contact the Access and Equal Opportunities Unit and we’ll do our best to meet your needs.

I am confident that Edge Hill and its attractive 45 acre campus with just over 3,000 students is large enough to provide a wide variety of relevant, flexible learning opportunities, but small enough to meet your individual needs. Our record speaks for itself. If you decide to come to Edge Hill, I’m confident you will complete your course, acquire the qualification you wanted and go on to find a rewarding career. In the process we hope you’ll be stimulated by a rich teaching and learning experience.

The choice is yours. We hope you’ll decide to join us.

Director/Chief Executive

We’ve had Majorie Stanton and Harry Webster but now it’s the turn of Ruth Gee to welcome readers of the 1992 prospectus.

Ormskirk: The College Setting

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Onto today’s interesting artefact and since there might possibly be some people from Ormskirk reading today, it seems only right that we focus on the town with this from the 1985 prospectus:

Never heard of Ormskirk before? Well, then, read on and see if you do not find it interesting.

Ormskirk is an attractive country town which has a beautiful old church with both a tower and a steeple, a statue of Benjamin Disraeli, a twice-weekly open market that has existed since medieval times, and Edge Hill College of Higher Education which is well known in educational circles throughout Britain. Throughout the English-speaking world too, as the number of overseas visitors to the College bears witness!

Ormskirk has produced a gardener who worked for Catherine the Great of Russia, a boy actor who could recite the complete plays of Shakespeare by heart and took 18th century London audiences by storm, a famous manager of London’s Drury Lane Theatre, as well as a host of scholars and teachers, trained and educated at Edge Hill, who hold leading positions throughout the country.

A word about Edge Hill itself. Students coming by rail to the College fr the first time have been puzzled as the train neared Liverpool to see a station with signboards labelled Edge Hill. That is the district in Liverpool where the College stood for the first fifty years of its existence. In the late twenties Lancashire County Council bought land on the outskirts of Ormskirk, gathered skilled craftsmen – bricklayers, carpenters, joiners and stone-carvers – from all over Northern England and built a college that was to be equal to anything in England. Of course, it has been extended and modernised in recent years. And such was the generosity that it still enjoys over 45 acres of tennis courts, playing fields and landscaped gardens.

Ask yourself how many Colleges of Higher Education enjoy such facilities. And, then, look at the map – eight miles to Southport where you enjoy miles of sand dunes and nature reserves and in Lord Street one of the most elegant shopping streets in Britain – and twelve miles to the great city of Liverpool. An there only thirty-five minutes away you have two Cathedrals and the Everyman and Penny Lane and Pierhead. And if you are in search of the exotic we can offer you at nine miles distance the celebrated Wigan Pier.

Back at Edge Hill you have plays and concerts, films and discos and excellent teaching and guidance. Why put up with second best for your higher education? Make Edge Hill your first choice!

And what photo should accompany this description? Why Hesketh Bank boatyard, of course!

Hesketh Bank Boatyard

A personal message from the Director #3

This prospectus is for all those seeking to make a choice in higher education whether they are at present at a college of further education, at a sixth-form college or at school or are contemplating a return to full-time or part-time study.

In the rapidly changing economic and social conditions of today there is no doubt that a diploma or degree course is invaluable in terms of personal development and enjoyment as well as in terms of your career prospects.

With more than 2,000 full-time and part-time students, Edge Hill College is large enough to provide a wide variety of up-to-date courses but small enough to ensure that individuals receive the attention they need. The strengths of the College lie in the high standards of the courses we offer leading to diplomas and degrees of the University of Lancaster; the well-qualified tutorial, residential and administrative staff; and the high quality of the students we recruit. We are especially pleased at the high level and variety of employment gained by our graduates at the present time.

The College is now celebrating its centenary in 1985 but prides itself on being up-to-date in responding to the changing needs of society and the economy. In particular, the College welcomes mature students and students from ethnic minorities and benefits from the wide variety of their ages, backgrounds and experiences. After a period of work, of unemployment or of bringing up a family, mature students find our courses rejuvenating and refreshing and it provides them with new career opportunities of many kinds. At present more than one third of our students are mature students and many of them are on part-time courses.

We have always been able to expect of Edge Hill students a strong commitment to their studies, a realism about the place of higher education in their lives and careers and, last but not least, a capacity to enjoy and make the most of all that the College has to offer.

If you would like to come and form your own opinion of the College, you would be most welcome to visit us in a group or as an individual. You or your teachers would be welcome to discuss courses and your needs and aspirations with college staff by letter, by telephone or on a visit. Communications of this kind should be addressed to Mr D Matthews, Senior Tutor (Tel. 0695 75171 Extn. 222).

Director

I’m as guilty of lazy blogging as Harry Webster is of recycling prospectus introductions! This one from the 1986 prospectus was released in 1985 – the centenary of Edge Hill College.

I wasn’t planning to print another “message from the Director” today but Mister Roy brought it over and I’ll save what I was going to post until tomorrow.

A personal message from the Director #2

This prospectus is for all those seeking to make a choice in higher education whether they are at present at school, at sixth-form college or at a college of further education college or are contemplating a return to or part-time study.

In the rapidly changing economic and social conditions of today there is no doubt that a diploma or degree course is invaluable in terms of personal development and enjoyment as well as in terms of your career prospects.

In particular, the College welcomes mature students and students from ethnic minorities and benefits from the wide variety of their ages, backgrounds and experiences. After a period of work, of unemployment or of bringing up a family, mature students find our courses rejuvenating and refreshing and it provides them with new career opportunities of many kinds.

Edge Hill College, with more than 2,000 full-time and part-time students, is large enough to provide a wide variety of courses but small to ensure that individuals receive the attention they need. The strengths of the College lie in the high standards of the courses we offer leading to diplomas and degrees of the University of Lancaster; the large well-qualified tutorial, residential and administrative staff: and the quality of the students we recruit. We are especially pleased at the high level and variety of employment gained by our graduates at the present time.

We have always been able to expect of Edge Hill students a strong commitment to their studies, a realism about the place of higher education in their lives and careers and, last but not least, a capacity to enjoy and make the most of all that the College has to offer. If you would like to come and form your own opinion of the College. you would be most welcome to visit us in a group or as an individual. Your teachers would be welcome to discuss courses and your needs and aspirations with college staff by letter, by telephone or on a visit. Communications of this kind should be addressed to Mr D. Matthews, Senior Tutor (Tel. 0695 75171 Extn. 222).

Director

I wouldn’t dream of accusing Mr Harry Webster of copying Marjorie Stanton’s introduction, but – how can we put it – he appears to have taken some inspiration from it!

A personal message from the Director #1

This prospectus is addressed to all who are seeking to make a choice in higher education whether you are at present at school, at sixth-form or further education college or are contemplating a return to full-time or part-time study.

Despite the economic and social problems of the present time there is no doubt that the experience of an undergraduate course is invaluable in terms of personal development and enjoyment as well as in terms of career prospects and of life enrichment.

Older entrants, after a period of work or of bringing up a family, find the experience rejuvenating and refreshing. For many, perhaps especially those who are retired or not at present in employment, a return to study opens up new opportunities.

Edge Hill College, with just over 1,630 full-time equivalent students, is large enough to provide a wide variety of courses but small enough to ensure that individuals are not lost in the crowd. The strengths of the College lie in the high standards of the courses we offer leading to University of Lancaster degrees, the large well qualified tutorial residential and administrative staff and the quality of students recruited. I am especially pleased at the high level of employment gained by our graduates at the present time.

We have always been able to expect of Edge Hill students a sense of commitment to their studies, a realism about the place of higher education in their lives and careers and, by no means last, a capacity to enjoy and make the most of all that the College has to offer.

If you would like to come and form your own opinion of the College, you would be most welcome to visit us on a group or individual basis. Your teachers would be welcome to discuss courses and your needs and aspirations with College staff by letter, by telephone or on a visit.

Director.

This introduction is from the 1983-1984 Undergraduate Prospectus but – after adjusting a few bits – wouldn’t be out of place today. Marjorie Stanton’s signature indicates it must have been produced in 1982 for applicants starting the following year.

To Harrogate, York and The Dales!

Now that we’ve established that blogging about old Edge Hill maps is a perfectly normal thing to do, let’s have a look at another one.

North West Map

This one is from the back cover of the Edge Hill College of Higher Education In-service Advanced Studies prospectus from 1989:

In-service Advance Studies 1989

The map shows Edge Hill’s Ormskirk campus and Woodlands, the in-service centre in Chorley acquired in the early 1980s.

I love how it a completely disproportionate view of the North West. Black and red lines for roads seem to have been thrown on almost at random. The A59 just gives up around Clitheroe, pointing to exotic places like Harrogate and York! It might as well have a label marking “Here Be Dragons”. ┬áThe choice of places marked on the map, and how they’re indicated shows no pattern – why plot Runcorn but not St Helens or Warrington which are far larger? ┬áLeeds is actually far closer than it appears.

I’d be interested to know how many in-service students managed to find their way to Ormskirk and Woodlands in 1989!

“Edge Hill… isn’t that in Birmingham?”

Maps

Okay, I’ve got a confession to make – I quite like maps. You can stop laughing now. I’m amazed by the amount of detail a good cartographer (that’s the technical term for someone who makes maps, don’t ya know) can get into a few lines.

“Yes Michael, very good, but how does this relate to Edge Hill?” Well, it could be said that Edge Hill has a problem explaining where it is. Its name doesn’t relate to its location (and hasn’t done for nearly 80 years); telling people Edge Hill is in Ormskirk usually doesn’t help much! So over the years, prospectuses have used maps to show where we are and how to get here, and I’m going to show you some of them over the next few months!

The above map is slightly confusingly at an angle and there have been substantial changes around Ormskirk. Missing is Park Road which bypasses the clocktower connecting Aughton Street and Church Street. The bus station moved across the road and closer to the train station (the old bus station is now Kwik Fit). Perhaps the most notable omission is the M58 – the road is marked as Skelmersdale by pass dating it in the 1970s.

Edge Hill College of Education

Edge Hill College of Education

There’s no date on this prospectus – it was on the shelf marked 1980s but it feels a little earlier than that. It’s amazing how much the prospectus industry has changed. This one was maybe 12 pages long with half a dozen photos – I’ll possibly pick some out in the future – while now they are full colour and much more in-depth.