Manchester Histories Festival - 21 March - 30 March 2014

Belle Vue Report

Find out what happened during our Belle Vue: Showground of the World project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, during this year's MHF 2014.

The University of Manchester has produced an independent report with details of what worked and what we can develop on for future projects. Read the full report here.

Manchester Black History Month

Spoken word, music, photography, performance...all part of Manchester's Black History Month.

Take part in handling sessions at Archives+, watch a living history performance at People's History Museum or listen to the voices of young people at contact.

Click here for listings.

Bradford Pit histories

Lauren Murphy, who won the Community category of our Community Histories Awards, so impressed Award sponsors Laing O'Rourke with her project that they have continued to fund its development.

Lauren is looking for people who know about the histories of the pit to get in touch at

Salford Stories, Radical Readings

Join Christopher Eccleston, Sheila Hancock and Maxine Peake at this fundraising event for the unique Working Class Movement Library.

Enjoy an afternoon of poetry, prose and drama telling the story of radicalism and the history of the original 'dirty old town'. Book here.

Share your voice!

Come and take part in our next meeting to discuss ideas and plans leading up to the 200th anniversary of Peterloo in 2019. EVERYONE welcome. Come and have your say.

Our next meeting is on Wednesday 14th January 2015 at 6pm in the Chief Librarian's Office in Archives+. We hope to see you there.

  • A colour painting of the Peterloo massacre showing the speakers and crowds being attacked by mounted cavalry.

    Peterloo Short Film

    Watch our new short film here about the Peterloo massacre with contributors DJ and author Dave Haslam and Peterloo expert and academic Robert Poole.

  • Black and white photograph of the Bobs rollercoaster at Belle Vue.
Image Coutesy of Chetham's Library

    Watch our Belle Vue short film

    Former circus performer Pat Pearson and collector Brian Selby share their passion for Belle Vue in our new short film. Watch it here.

  • Colour photograph of a black hat with a sign on it saying press.

    Manchester Histories Festival 2012 Film

    Whilst we're editing our 2014 film, catch up with some of the  diverse events and meet people involved in MHF 2012. Click here to watch.

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