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.


Queer review

A Queer Revue!

Fri 3 Jun 2016 10pm

A very special night of music, film, dance and drag.

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 lesbian being led away by police from a protest in Piccadilly Gardens Manchester

OUT! LGBT Digital Histories Launch Event

Thu 9 Jun 2016 6pm - 7pm

Join Manchester Pride for the launch of 'OUT!' A brand new digital platform celebrating LGBT histories in Manchester

A black and white sketch drawing of the Manchester Beethoven Society including a music score

Manchester Beethoven Orchestra

Sat 11 Jun 2016 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Manchester Beethoven Orchestra bring music from John Foulds and William Walton, two Greater Manchester composers, to the Celebration Day.


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.

Black and white photograph of a bearded Jerome Caminada, Manchester's real life Sherlock Holmes.
Image courtesy of Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives

Detective Jerome Caminada

Sat 11 Jun 2016 1pm - 1.45pm

Born to immigrant parents in the slums of 19th century Manchester, Detective Caminada was one of the most formidable detectives of the Victorian era and a real-life Sherlock Holmes.

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