Manchester Histories Festival

Community Histories Awards 2012

In 2012, MHF delivered the first ever Manchester Community Histories Awards, a new prize recognising and celebrating partnerships between schools/community organisations and either an archive/gallery/library/museum or university that explore a history theme.



Zion 100

Zion Arts Centre & Terry Wyke, Manchester Metropolitan University.

Zion and MMU worked together on a year-long project to celebrate the centenary of the building involving academics, students, Zion young people and local residents. The archive information was combined into ten events all relating to a different decade including a 1940's street party, a film night and an exhibition.

Judges Recommended Prizes

Platt Fields Centenary History Project

Friends of Platt Fields & Gallery of Costume

The Friends and the Gallery worked together to celebrate the centenary of the opening of Platt Fields Park involving local residents working alongside Gallery staff and creating greater awareness about the history of the park. A number of events were delivered including an exhibition, oral history recordings and publication of a new book.

Meet the Guernsey Evacuees of World War II

Community Archive for Channel Island Evacuation & Gillian Mawson, University of Manchester

The archive worked with researchers and staff from the University to create a public engagement event to tell the story of the Guernsey Evacuation to England and the children who moved to Greater Manchester. Working with 20 evacuees and researchers from the university an event was held in Stockport to tell their stories and showing the importance of oral histories.



Once Upon a Time

Manchester Communication Academy & Irk Valley Tenants Association;

Twenty students gathered the everyday memories of older residents of Collyhurst. together they build a living exhibition and published a wonderful record of their collection in a hard back book titled, Once Upon a Time.

Judges Recommended Prizes

The Language of Football

Cheetham Church of England Community Academy & The National Football Museum;

Pupils reported on migration to Manchester from the 1930's to the present day. Collecting testimonies from their own older relatives, together they addressed quations about the make-up of Manchester's people.

A Portrait of Bury

The Derby High School & Bury Museum & Art Gallery;

A Portrait of Bury was a photographic exhibition celebrating the diverse nature of Bury. Students showcased their creative talents taking pictures of significant local landmarks and exhibited them for the public.


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