Manchester Histories Festival

Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians: Visit to Manchester Central Library

Wednesday 7 June 2017

In the latest edition of our Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians Blog project, M13 Youth Project have written a guest post for us:

Our first session of the hidden histories projects involved us visiting M13 Youth Project at Central Library the library and seeing how and where the hidden histories project will be portrayed. This allowed us to get as creative as possible and set free our imagination on how we show our audience about M13’s history. We were able to see how other groups showed videos, objects, audio clips and pictures of the story they were telling.

We were also able to visit the physical archives, gaining VIP access to view very old books in the library. It was very interesting to look through the books, with some of them being from as early as 15th and 16th century. One young person mentioned how: “keeping historical records gives people from the now and future a glimpse to understanding how life was like back then, and maybe in 100yrs time people will look at the history and great stuff M13 have done.”

From the day, our young people expressed their enthusiasm to begin finding, creating images and videos that accurately illustrate M13 youth project and its history over the years.

Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians is a Manchester Histories project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project will see Manchester Histories working with communities across Greater Manchester with the aim of revealing less familiar histories and heritage; that is to say, the histories of the people, buildings, families, communities and places that make up our lives. These histories can become ‘hidden’ because they are not always recorded, nevertheless, these important social histories often shape us and the places we live, and Manchester Histories are thrilled to be supporting people across Greater Manchester to uncover their own histories. Over the coming months we'll be working with five community groups, plus, with the help of experts, we're developing an informative series of toolkits that will to equip anybody with the skills they need to begin researching and creating their own archives.

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