This was held in the Egg Space at MediaCityUK from 11 to 20 September 2012 and consisted of a digital presentation of archives and other sources that were uncovered during the project. A recording of the Ellesmere Polka, written for the occasion of Queen Victoria’s first visit to Worsley in 1851 was made especially for the exhibition by the University’s Dr Robin Dewhurst. Visitors could also hear extracts from the oral history recordings and browse digitised archives on interactive tables.
It was also an opportunity for Peel Holdings (Management) Ltd to showcase the entrants to the RIBA competition for the design of the New Hall hotel.
A Special Preview evening was held on Thursday 13 September attended by the Vice Chancellor Martin Hall and senior members of the Library team, representatives of Peel Holdings and members of the local community, including some of the oral history interviewees.
This event was held on Friday 14 December 2012 at the Clifford Whitworth library to celebrate the end of the Worsley New Hall project and mark the launch of the publication of Worsley New Hall: A Guide to Sources.
It was attended by the Deputy VC, Adrian Graves, and members of the senior Library team, Georgina Crabtree from Peel Holdings Ltd, Dr Mike Nevell from the Centre of Applied Archaeology, and representatives from local history societies.
Speeches were given by Julie Berry, the University Librarian; Georgina Crabtree of Peel Holdings (Management) Ltd; Dr Nevell and Alexandra Mitchell, Worsley New Hall Project Officer.
Also in attendance were people from the local community who took part in the oral history recordings and loaned material relating to the New Hall from their personal collections.