On 10 March 2015 we gathered at Manchester’s Central Library to launch the North West German Network officially. Over the past few months, network coordinators have been busy building up the website, spreading the word among teachers of German in the North West, regional trade and business representatives and cultural bodies. The launch itself reflected this diverse constellation of people, who nevertheless share an interest in all things German!
From left to right: Sophie Henderson (Migration Museum Project); Susanne Frane (German Embassy); Luke Roskilly (UK/German Connection); Nick Burnham (Cardinal Newman College); Rebecca Braun (Lancaster University); Sara Knowles (UK Trade and Investment); Becky Hayes (British Council); Karl Pfeiffer (Director of Educational Links, Goethe-Institut London); Mark Green (Honorary Consul to the Federal Republic of Germany)
After an enthusiastic opening speech by network co-founder Rebecca Braun (Lancaster University), other panel members supporting the event introduced themselves to the audience, which was predominantly made up of school teachers from the region, students and parents, and explained their respective interests in promoting German culture, language and business.
The panel discussion was followed by the prize-giving ceremony, where winners of the 2015 ‘What’s German in the North West’ competition received their book tokens and German-themed goody bags. Here you can see two winners of the Years 12-13 category (from Cardinal Newman College) receiving their prizes, awarded by Susanne Frane of the German Embassy and aided by network coordinator Emily Spiers (Lancaster University). You can see the prize-winning entries below by clicking on the relevant link.
After the prize-giving, the audience moved to the first floor of the Central Library for the reception and to view the marvellous ‘Germans in Britain Exhibition‘, from the Migration Museum Project. Network co-founder Margaret Littler (Manchester University) had added her own specifically Mancunian twist to the exhibition, with showcases filled with historical documentation and artefacts attesting to Manchester’s historical links with German industry and culture. The exhibition is running until 9 April 2015.
We would like to express our thanks to all who helped make the NWGN such a success!