Dancing The Past To Life - Teacher resource website

Ordsall Hall closed its doors in 2009 for a major restoration and development project, and after two years ‘under wraps’ the Hall re-opened to the public on Sunday 15th May 2011.

On Friday 18th March 2011 school children from across Salford proudly presented ‘Dancing the Past to Life’, a dance work created to celebrate the re-opening of the Hall.

The project was funded by The Heritage Lottery Fund and involved six schools working with dance artist Rachel Towe during the spring term to create a dance inspired by the stories, artefacts and events that Ordsall Hall has been connected with through its history.

Each school created a dance of approximately five minutes in length based on their theme and the final show saw all the dances come together as one performance.

The Hamilton Project created branding for the project to give added weight and credibility. Although working to a modest budget the site offers a comprehensive downloadable resource section featuring lesson plans, schemes of work, image packs, videos and various supporting materials. A flexible grid system was created to maximise usability and cross site continuity for the user. A palette containing both rich warm hues and subtle greys delivers an understated feel to the site whilst greatly aiding navigation with consistent contrasting rollover and header executions.