The University of Manchester Alumni Lecture

The Whitworth Park Archaeology and History Project team were invited by the University of Manchester’s Alumni Society to give one of their annual lectures to past and present staff and students. This was held at the Manchester Museum on the 7th March, to an enthusiastic audience of over 60 people.

The talk was introduced by Professor Jeremy Gregory (the new Head of School of Arts, Languages and Cultures). Dr Melanie Giles and Dr Hannah Cobb were joined by Ruth Colton (the Project Research Assistant), covering aspects of the archaeological survey in 2010 and excavation results from 2011, as well as details of our community and schools outreach work. Questions from the audience ranged from details about its environmental history and soils, to shared anecdotes from those growing up around the Park or living nearby as students. This has provided us with some important follow up contacts for the oral history aspect of the Project. If you too have memories to share, please contact Ruth Colton (  or Kenneth Shone ‎(

We took along some of our finds so that the Alumni could handle some of the most interesting finds from the recent dig, and the talk was followed by a convivial reception.


Professor Jeremy Gregory, Dr Melanie Giles


Dr Hannah Cobb, Ruth and Hannah discuss Whitworth Park memories with an audience member.


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