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.


Headlines about Harry stokes pinned on a brick wall

Harry Stokes

Sat 11 Jun 2016 11am - 11.45am

Find out more about Harry Stokes, Manchester bricklayer & special constable, who in 1838 was outed by his wife of 22 years as being a ‘man-woman’, a ‘female husband’.

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.

Colour photograph of the Manchester Town Hall clock tower

Book launch of Manchester: Making the Modern City

Wed 8 Jun 2016 6pm - 7.30pm

Written by leading experts on the history of the city, and with numerous insights and unexpected stories, Manchester: Making the Modern City is a wonderfully illustrated and affordable book.

Using the snapshot frame outside Victoria Baths


Fri 3 Jun 2016 to Sun 12 Jun 2016

Join in Manchester Histories Festival’s online treasure hunt to find the best photographs and stories of hidden histories about Greater Manchester

MHF2016 Planning Meeting

Greater Manchester Histories and Heritage Social Network

Mon 6 Jun 2016 6pm - 7.30pm

A chance to network and share skills and experience with individuals and organisations interested in Greater Manchester histories and heritage.

manchester Bomb

On Corporation Street

Fri 10 Jun 2016 to Sat 25 Jun 2016
6pm & 7:30pm. No performances on Sundays

2016 marks the twentieth anniversary of the bombing of Manchester by the provisional IRA. The bomb, the largest ever detonated in mainland Britain, devastated the city centre, and injured 212 people.

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