Communities and Outreach

Arts and Communities Programme

Ordsall Hall works in partnership with communities, groups, societies and organisations throughout Salford on a variety of creative workshops and participatory projects.

The Arts and Communities programme develops and delivers a range of projects inspired by the Hall and its surrounding areas. We work with a diverse range of community groups, including young people, adult groups and schools, to bring the Hall to life whilst also develop individuals' personal skills and knowledge. Through activities we aim to inspire participants creatively about the heritage and culture of Salford past and present.

Activities include art projects, workshops and courses, talks and slideshows. If you belong to a community group or organisation in Salford and would like to find out more, or arrange a workshop, course or talk, please contact Ordsall Hall on 0161 872 0251 or email

Workshops and courses

We offer a range of outreach workshops and courses for community groups across the city. Activities are designed to be hands on for participants and all take their inspiration from the rich heritage and culture of the Hall.

Creative Crafts

A series of 2 hour craft sessions that can be led as a short course over a number of weeks, or as one off activities.

Each workshop introduces a group to having a go at a heritage craft inspired by the exhibits and heritage of the Hall. Activities includes; Adhesive Stained Glass, Rag Rugging and Felt Making.

Medieval Fashion

People of all ages have dressed to impress, from 800 years ago through to today fashion has been a talking point. Over 5 sessions we explore the fashions of the heyday of Ordsall Hall and how they are similar to today. Participants share ideas and have a go at making their own accessories.

Ghost Stories

Over 6 sessions participants discover how to write a ghost story based on images and objects from Ordsall Hall and individuals own life experiences. People's short stories are then incorporated into their own handmade origami books to take home. No previous writing experience necessary.


We are very keen for ESOL tutors and students to use the Hall and its history to develop their language skills and share their experiences. We have a variety of resources including self guided visit activities and outreach sessions.

If you are part of a group or organisation in the city and would like to find out more about activities, please call 0161 872 0251 or email

Talks and Slideshows

We have a selection of outreach talks about the Hall, its gardens and heritage.

Ordsall Hall Past and Present

An illustrated talk about the Hall past and present. It presents an insight into past residents, myths and legends, an introduction to the life of the Hall today and elements of the 2009 to 2011 restoration work.

Tudor Food

An illustrated journey of the world of food through the eyes of the Tudors. Join us on an exploration of the food, drink, customs and manners of the period, including an historic recipe you ma feel brave enough to try at home!

Curious Historical Remedies

Hear of the weird and wonderful ways in which plants were used historically to cure ailments and afflictions, with a focus on the Tudor days.

Talks last for 45 minutes to one hour, costing £25.00 (free to Salford groups, Monday to Thursday daytime).

To book please call Ordsall Hall on 0161 872 0251.