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Edition No. 167

Date:- 11 September 2004

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IWM North on Shortlist for Stirling Prize for Architecture

IMPERIAL WAR Museum north has today been short listed for the country’s most high profile and prestigious prize for architecture. The Stirling Prize is organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects and is awarded annually to the architects of the building which has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. 

The Museum is one of 6 buildings on the shortlist. The architect is Daniel Libeskind who has gone on from completing IWM North in 2002 to be the architect for the master plan at the Ground Zero project in New York. 

Brought up in a family that had experienced the destructive effects of the Second World War in Poland, Libeskind has been involved in a number of buildings that tackle the themes of war and conflict. His vision for IWM North is of a world shattered by war and put back together through human endeavour and ingenuity to form the distinctive shape of the building. The Museum is unique in that its themes and content are signalled from the architecture.

Director of IWM North, Jim Forrester, said:- “We are delighted that the Museum has been short listed for this prestigious prize. It marks the innovation, creativity and commitment shown by Daniel Libeskind and his team to this project, and is testament to the successful work of all the design and construction teams who completed this Museum on time and on budget in 2002.”

IWM North has become one of the North West’s leading visitor attractions in the 2 years since it opened, welcoming more that three quarters of a million visitors.

Meols Hall Grand Bonfire & Firework Display

Meols Hall, Churchtown, Southport on Saturday November 6 2004 is opening it's gates at  5:00pm for the annual  Bonfire & Firework night.   Bonfire will be lit at 6:30pm, Firework display 8:00pm. Fairground, BBQ, Disco, Sideshows, Bar.  Ticket prices... At gate Adults £6 Children 5-11yrs £3.  Advance Adults £5 Children 5-11 yrs £2.  For more information contact 01704 23333.


FOLLOWING the launch of the government’s Healthy Living Blueprint on September 6, school communities across the North West of England are being urged to make a nomination in a brand new category for the Teaching Awards 2005 – the Award for Healthy Schools. 

This category will be open to schools which can demonstrate a commitment to a healthy lifestyle in schools, balanced school meals, a commitment to exercise within the school, walking to school initiatives, water coolers in schools and after school clubs running sports programmes or healthy eating related programmes. 

The Award for Healthy Schools is one of 10 categories in the Teaching Awards 2005 ranging from the Award for Outstanding New Teacher, the Award for Teaching Assistant of the Year, the Award for Teacher of the Year, the Award for Working with Business and the Community (also new for 2005), to the Award for Lifetime Achievement.

David Hanson, Chief Executive of the Teaching Awards Trust, said:- "Parents obviously have an important role to play in encouraging their children to adopt a healthy lifestyle. However, as the Secretary of State for Education & Skills, Charles Clarke MP, recently said, parents and schools must work in partnership to instil these values in our children – a quick look at child obesity levels* is proof of how urgently this matter needs to be addressed by schools and all those with a responsibility for the future of our children."

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