Manchester Histories Festival

3 - 12 June 2016

What's on

We're delighted to present the programme for Manchester Histories Festival 2016. We'll be adding more events over the next week so make sure you come back to see the new additions. 

To download a pdf of the hard copy programme (not all events are included), please click here.


Stockport Viaduct

Scribble Your Street

Sat 4 Jun 2016 10.30am - 1.30pm

Join urban sketcher Liz Ackerley to learn about drawing what’s happening on your streets: the buildings, the people, a certain moment. Find out about materials and techniques, and have a go at some drawings of your own

Split image with a black and white photograph of miners at the top and an x-ray of someone's feet at the bottom.

From Coal Mining to Data Mining

Mon 6 Jun 2016 4.30pm - 5.30pm

What do old 1950s x-rays, coal mining and sculpture have in common? Join an artist, an epidemiologist and a historian in this exploration of coal mining and medicine.


Fishing the Dustbowl

Sun 5 Jun 2016 2pm - 4pm

Musicians Will Kaufman and John Conolly perform will be paying tribute to Salford's Ewan MacColl in this evening of music.


The Battle for the Ballot

Sat 4 Jun 2016 2pm - 3pm

People's History Museum's singer-songwriter in residence Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner tells the stories of how working people came to vote

Window display at 51 Turner Street

51 Turner Street

Fri 3 Jun 2016 to Sun 12 Jun 2016

Home to a number of businesses, 51 Turner Street have created a display which highlights the areas history as a place where animals were shown and sold.

Black and white photograph of a homeless person sat on the pavement surrounding by plastic bags containing their belongings

Histories of Homelessness

Sat 11 Jun 2016 3.30pm - 4.45pm

A participatory panel discussion aiming to explore the histories of homelessness in Manchester and the surrounding areas, and how we can develop a better future history.

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