Manchester Histories Festival

Histories Awards 2014

In 2014, we received some incredbile applications from both schools and community organisations, and were delighted to welcome new sponsors to the Awards from Heritage Project Management and Laing O'Rourke.

Community Category

Sponsored by Heritage Project Management


Bradford Pit Memorial Project

The project brought to light the huge effect that Bradford Pit had upon Manchester's industrial heritage and to told the stories of the pit's people and of the forgotton community of Bradford.

Colour photograph of It re-united many of the older generation who lived and worked in Bradford (now Beswick) – bringing together ex- miners and their families and working to increase community cohesion.

The judging panel were particulalry impressed with Lauren's personal drive and commitment to ensuring that the histories of Bradford pit and the miners were not forgotten, and how it brought together different generations with work between local school children and the miners. 

Judges' Recommended

Angel Meadow Gravestone Genealogy

A dynamic relationship was developed during this project between the Friends of Angel Meadow (FOAM)and the Manchester & Lancashire Family History Society (MLFHS), to explore the St Michael's Flags and Angel Meadow park areas near the city centre.

LS Lowry depicted St Michael's church, that used to standColour photograph of members of Friends of Angels Meadows at the site of St Michael's Flags preparing for their joint project with Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society on the area, in several of his paintings, and all that remains today are around 50 gravestones.

Working together FOAM and MLFHS demonstrated how skills and knowledge can be shared between organsiations to reach a common goal: to discover more about the people buried in the historical park. The information unearthed has also been shared with a local tour guide for their use. 

Normally there would be two Judges Recommended prizes in the Community category but the two projects named above were so outstanding that the Judges decided to award two prizes only to Bradford Pit and Angel Meadow.

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Schools Category

Sponsored by Laing O'Rourke


Invisible Histories: Buille Hill Visual Arts College and Working Class Movement Library

Following on from the Invisible Histories project delivered by the Library, 18 pupils from the school produced RadioColour photpgrah of 5 pupils from Buille Hill Visual Arts College receiving their Mcr Community Histories Award from Rob Higginson of Laing O'Rourke. Photographer Drew Forsyth Ballads inspired by Ewan MacColl and oral histories recorded during Invisible Histories about the lives of working people in Salford.

The ballads focused on the lives of workers from a former colliery, cotton mill and engineering factory in Salford, and they were documented on a new website.

Judges Recommended

Art for All: St Augustine's CE Primary School and Manchester Art Gallery

Working with the Gallery, children from Year 5 at the school helped to curate the exhibtion Art for All: Thomas Horsfall's Gift to Manchester, about Thomas Horsfall who established the Manchester Art Museum in 1884 in Harpurhey.

schoolchildren collect the runners-up awardThe pupils worked with conservators, curators and leanring staff to explore the stories in the art store at the gallery, many items which had not been on display since the Art Museum closed on 1953. Tours for exhibition visitors were also led by the pupils.

Judges Recommended

Inside Out Moss Side: St Mary's CofE Primary School and Alexandra Arts

The InsideOut Moss Side project provided the opportunity for local children to explore the diverse histories of their familiesi in the wider context of Moss Side and Manchester heritage.

Photographs of the children and their families were displayed on the street, in Whitworth Art Gallery and alsoColour photograph of children from St Mary's CofE Primary School receiving their Manchester Community Histories Award in the Town Hall ceremoney in 2014. Photographer Drew Forsyth the School, accompanied by oral histories.

The project provided the opportunity for the school to build greater relationships with the local community, and build the confidence of the children taking part.

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