Manchester Histories Festival

3 - 12 June 2016

All change at Manchester Histories

After 5 and a half years with Manchester Histories, our Chief Executive, Claire Turner is leaving. We'd like to thank her for all of her work and are delighted to introduce to you our new Chief Executive Karen Shannon, who is joining us for the next part of our exciting journey.

  • Ban the Ban on Barmaids! is premiering as part of Manchester's comedy festival, it re-enacts a protest 100 years ago in Stevenson Square, the Northern Quarter. Winston Churchill and co. attempted to ban women from working as barmaids to save their blushes – which wouldn't exactly have put bread on the table. Ban the Ban on Barmaids! will take place on Sun 23 Oct. Suffragist support for Mcr women. With laughs. Tickets £3, or free for unwaged: and-bucket-comedy-club-2016-10-23-13-30-00 Facebook: Join writer A.T. Boyle on Twitter: @papercroissant Check out Esther Roper performer: @CathyButters See LGBT arts activist Jenny White's writing on the Barmaids Defence League @photo_jenn

The Legacy of Ahmed

Jackie and Sam from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Education Trust recently visited the Ahmed Iqbal Memorial High School in Sylhet, Bangladesh and came back inspired for their exhibition The Legacy of Ahmed. The exhibition shares the histories of the school and the Race Relations Resource Centre at the University of Manchester and will be on display on the Lower Ground Floor of Manchester Central Library from October 10 until the end of December 2016.

MHF 2018!

MHF 2016 is over for another year and we hope that you had the most incredible time. We're currently working on the evaluation report that will help us to start the planning of the next festival in 2018.

If you've got ideas for 2018, we're always available for a chat and to talk things through so get in touch once you're ready.

  • Colour photograph of female performers unfurling a banner as part of Gaskell the Musical at Elizabeth Gaskell House during MHF 2016

    Discover Gaskell the Musical

    Find out more in this short film about the making of Gaskell the Musical performed by local Manchester women working with enJOY arts and musician Claire Mooney for Elizabeth Gaskell House during MHF 2016

  • Black and white photograph of cyclist Reg Harris on his bike

    National Sporting Heritage Day

    It's National Sporting Heritage Day on 30 September. Get involved, add your events find out about sporting resources in Greater Manchester and follow news of the day on Twitter using the hashtag #NSHD2016.

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    Help us to keep Mcr Histories Festival free

    You can help us to keep the festival free and running in 2018 by texting a donation to Manchester Histories. For example, to donate £5 text MCRH16 £5 to 70070.

  • Colour photograph of the mosaic rainbow flag tiles installed in Manchester City Centre pavements by Manchester Pride to celebrate LGBT heritage

    LGBT heritage website launches

    OUT! Manchester Pride's website that takes you on an interactive journey through LGBT histories in Greater Manchester was launched during the festival and is now fully active. Follow the trail at home or on your smartphone.

  • Colour photograph of a young boy performing watched by an older woman in the Together Trust performance at Manchester Central Library

    Share your favourite moments

    Share your favourites moments from #MHF2016 with us on social media. Was it a particular event, a walking tour, meeting new people, spotting one of the Heritage Windows or learning about your own local histories?

  • Colour image of an artwork with text on wishing the Arts Council a happy 70th birthday

    Happy birthday Arts Council England

    Everyone at Manchester Histories wishes the Arts Council England a fabulous 70th birthday this year. ACE has supported us on a number of projects combining arts and heritage.

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