Manchester Histories Festival - 21 March - 30 March 2014

Belle Vue shortlisted for Best Exhibition Award

We're delighted that our Belle Vue: Showground of the World exhibition has been shortlisted in the MEN City Life Awards for Best Exhibition.

Please encourage the decision panel to choose Belle Vue as the winner by tweeting #CityLifeAwards and @SarahCityLife

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.

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

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.

  • Black and white image of LGBT people campaigning in Manchester at the Section 28 demo. Image courtesy of Archives+

    The 1st National LGBT History Festival

    An academic conference and fringe events form part of this festival first in Manchester next February 2015. Visit their website here

  • Black and white photo of a Manchester hospital.
Image courtesy of Manchester Information, Libraries and Archives, Manchester City Council

    Creating our Future Histories

    Find out more about the Creating Our Future Histories project that we are working on with Manchester Metropolitan University and 7 community groups. Click here

  • Colour photo of Belle Vue Aces speedway bike at the Manchester Histories Festival 2014 Showground of the World Exhibition

    Elbow feature Belle Vue Aces

    Watch this great film about the history of Belle Vue Aces in Elbow's latest music video, plus interview with former rider Chris Morton. Click here

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