Meet the Manchester Histories Team
Chief Executive - Karen Shannon
Karen is responsible for the creative direction, strategic planning, programming, marketing and funding of Manchester Histories (MH) and Manchester Histories Festival (MHF). Karen believes that exploring histories and heritage is a great way of engaging with people and communities. A way to spark imaginations, learn new things, and to create work that has impact and meaning on the here and now, and the future.
Manchester Histories Trustees
Dr Kostas Arvanitis
Dr Kostas Arvanitis is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute
for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester. He teaches in the MA Art
Gallery and Museum Studies and his research interests cross the fields of
museology, archaeology, cultural heritage, and digital media. His expertise
lies in the area of Digital Heritage, which includes the theory and practice of
digital technology in museums, art galleries and heritage sites. Kostas works
with arts and heritage organisations in developing partnerships and projects
around the use of digital and social media for purposes of curation,
interpretation and audience engagement.
Hannah Barker (Chair)
Hannah Barker is a historian of industrial revolution England,
and the north of England in particular. She is Professor of British History at
the University of Manchester and a Historical Advisor for the National Trust at
Quarry Bank Mill.
Clare is a writer, researcher and strategist. She is a
Research Fellow and Associate of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and leads its
portfolio of work across the North of England, including its pioneering
‘Heritage, Identity and Place’ research programme, delivered in partnership
with the Heritage Lottery Fund. She is currently undertaking a PhD in cultural
heritage and smart specialisation strategies with the MAPS-LED International
Research Partnership (University of Salford). A prolific writer and political
commentator, her published work includes Health
is Wealth (Cambridge UP, 2008), A
Cultural Economy(Liverpool UP,
2009), and Liverpool City of Radicals (Liverpool UP, 2011). She is a Member of
the Chartered Institute of Public Relations, (MCIPR), a founder member of the
Fabian Women’s Network NW and Chair of the Advisory Board for PLACED.
Rob is a Commercial Leader with Laing O’Rourke in Manchester and has
more years’ experience of commercial and financial management than you could
shake a stick at. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered
Surveyors and a Governor at St Barnabas C of E Primary Academy. In and out of
work Rob gets excited by music, people, numbers and technology.
Andrew is a partner at national law firm Shoosmiths LLP. He specialises in commercial real estate and is involved in all kinds of development projects around the city. He's had a lifelong love of history and whilst not directly relevant to his job enjoys looking into the history of the site and buildings he works on. Andrew is one of our newest board members and is delighted to be part of and support Manchester Histories.
Melanie Tebbutt is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she has been involved in developing a
number of community-based history projects. She is Head of the University’s Humanities
Research Centre and of the Manchester Centre for Regional History.
John Williams is an arts and heritage consultant working with a wide variety of private and
public arts and heritage organisations in the UK and overseas. Most of his work focuses on supporting, advising and managing capital
development and exhibition projects. John is Chair of the Millennium Quarter in Manchester (which includes
Urbis and The Cathedral Visitor Centre,) a mentor for the Museums Association
Diploma, a mentor for the Heritage Lottery Fund and a heritage expert for the
Institute of Fundraising.
Dave Haslam, Musician, DJ, author - Creative Consultant