For the first time ever, Brookes Paranormal will be investigating the Victorian Whitworth Institute in the beautiful Derbyshire Dales. Are you brave enough to last night?



The Whitworth Institute's history dates back to September 1890, when the building first opened to the public as a place for leisure activities. The founder of The Whitworth Institute, Lady Louisa Whitworth, was the second wife of Sir Joseph Whitworth, who was an important man during the Industrial Revolution, and is probably considered underrated when compared to the likes of Sir Richard Arkwright and James Watt. Mr Whitworth was a famous mechanical engineer and toolmaker, who invented the Whitworth Screw Thread and the Whitworth Rifle.


6 months after the passing of his first wife Frances, Joseph married an intelligent and independently minded woman called Louisa, who was 25 years his junior. Lady Louisa had a vision for a place, where the local community in Darley Dale, could come together for recreation time and leisure activities. After the passing of Sir Joseph, his estate and wealth was wisely disposed of to the benefit of Darley Dale, and the surrounding parishes and districts under the guidance of Lady Louisa.


The Whitworth Institute comprised of an assembly hall, a library, a billiard room, reading and committee rooms, a hotel, a local natural history museum, and an indoor swimming pool. The swimming pool was covered up during World War 1, as it was converted into a make-shift military hospital for the wounded, coming back over from France, and unfortunately was later filled in in 1939.


Upon Lady Louisa's death, The Whitworth Institute was gifted to the people of Darley Dale, and is one of the oldest buildings in the country, where it continues being its main original purpose to this day; a place for recreation and leisure.



From previous investigations here and reports from staff, plenty of paranormal activity happens at The Whitworth. The ghosts of Mr and Mrs Whitworth are said to still reside at The Whitworth, with the eyes in their portraits in the Assembly Hall following you around the room; will you witness their spirits manifest? The ghosts of children have been sensed in the Old Swimming Pool Room, along with the sounds of wailing patients from when the room was a military hospital during the Great War. The Billiard Room has reported poltergeist activity, with loud bangs and knocks heard on the tables. And who haunts the old Whitworth Library?



Participate in this unique night of spooky ghost hunting with the Brookes Paranormal team as we attempt to communicate with the ghostly residents at The Whitworth Centre.


On the night, you will be taking part in numerous Vigils and a variety of Experiments (both Scientific and Traditional). You will also have full use of some of the best Ghost Hunting Equipment used today, and be informed on how Paranormal Investigators use them to try and communicate with the afterlife.


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Refreshments Provided.

Parking at Event: Car Park onsite.

18+ Only.

This Event IS SUITABLE for anyone with mobility issues.

This Event DOES include our Team Mediums.




The Whitworth Institute Ghost Hunt - Saturday 24th September 2022


DATE: Saturday 24th September 2022

TIME: 7:00pm - 12:00am (Arrive 15 minutes early)

LOCATION: Station Road, Darley Dale, Derbyshire DE4 2EQ

PARKING AT EVENT: Car Park onsite.

REMAINING BALANCE: Needs to be paid FOUR WEEKS prior to the event date.


NOTE: Bringing alcohol or drugs to this event is strictly prohibited. If anyone arrives at the event under the influence of alcohol or drugs, they will not be allowed to stay for the night and will be asked to leave immediately.