A People’s History of White Hall

We’re really excited that our film, ‘A people’s history of White Hall’ is now complete. We are really grateful to everyone that contributed. We have only been able to include a fraction of them in the film. Nevertheless we have managed to feature the memories of students from all the decades, who have visited White Hall Outdoor Education Centre since it opened almost 70 years ago. We would also like to thank the National Lottery heritage fund who provided us with a £10,000 grant to create the film.

White Hall Centre was the first of it’s kind in the country to be opened by a local authority and is recognised as a leading influence in the development of outdoor education in the UK and across the world.

Since opening in 1951 more than a million people have taken part in residential, day and outreach courses enjoying rock climbing, caving, mountain biking and canoeing in the surrounding Peak District as well as using the centre’s onsite climbing wall, ropes course and zip wire facilities.

Stories have been collected by letter, email and phone and also in person at the centre. All the stories that have been contributed have now been archived with the Media Archive for Central England and the Derbyshire Records Office.

We would also like to thank the students from Macclesfield College who contributed some of the footage and Lioneyes TV who provided camera equipment free of charge.

Jonathan Platt, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund East Midlands said: “Thanks to National Lottery players, we are delighted to be able to help White Hall Education Centre celebrate their upcoming 70 year anniversary.  By capturing the cherished memories of people who gained real life changing experiences and built new friendships as young people, the story of the centre can be shared.”

About the Heritage Lottery Fund

Thanks to National Lottery players, the Heritage Lottery Fund invests money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from archaeology to historic parks and buildings and from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.

For more information visit https://www.heritagefund.org.uk