Manchester Histories Festival

3 - 12 June 2016

Creative Threads

Spend a day exploring the hidden gems of Manchester and Salford's small heritage venues including:

  • Chetham's Library
  • Manchester Jewish Museum
  • Museum of Transport Greater Manchester
  • the Pankhurst Centre and Elizabeth Gaskell House
  • Victoria Baths
  • Working Class Movement Library (WCML).

Travel easily between the venues on a free heritage bus that you can easily hop on and off at each of the venues.

Explore and view the buildings, their archives and exhibitions and be entertained by Jewish Klezmer musicians, LipService Theatre Company, street musicians, ballad singers and musical tours.

Click on each venue title to find out more specific details about the event and the venue.

Venue entertainment

CHETHAM'S LIBRARY (10.00am - 4.00pm)

Folk musician Jennifer Reid will be talking about and performing songs from the Manchester ballads archives that is in Chetham's Libary. You'll even be able to get your own printed out copy of a ballad score.

Performance times: 11.15am, 1.00pm & 2.45pm (performances last ~30mins)


Wander around the museum and meet some strange characters including The Traffic Wardens who have never had so many vehicles to ticket, the travelling Hodman Dodmanott and Sally Forth, and The Lost Luggage Porters who are unsure which bus the bags go in.

Performance times: Street theatre throughout the day


Experience traditional Klezmer music and take part in a family friendly Klezmer workshop at the country's only Jewish Museum in an original synagogue.

Performance Times: 11.00am, 12.00pm & 3.00pm

(performances last ~30mins)

Drop-in Workshop: 1.00pm - 3.00pm


Award-winning theatre company LipService perform, Mrs Gaskell Meets Mrs Pankhurst, a humorous and imaginery meeting between two of Manchester's iconic women. Why is Mrs Gaskell in Mrs Pankhurst's home?

Performance Times: 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm (performances last ~40mins)

VICTORIA BATHS (12.00pm - 4.00pm)

Discover the colourful history of Victoria Baths with an entertaining musical tour, written and performed by singer songwriter Black Jack Barnet. Visitors will be delighted with tales of swimming in recycled water in the Females pool, budding romance in the Baths and the achievements of our Channel swimming heroine Sunny Lowry.

Performance Times: 12.40pm, 1.40pm and 2.40pm (performances last 30 - 40mins)


Hear musical tales from the WCML's archive as the Bailey Sisters turn histories of working people into song.

Performance Times: 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm (performances last 20 minutes)

Free bus running times

Route One: covers the following venues and runs from 10.30 until 4.30pm, leaving at the times listed:

  • Greater Manchester Transport Museum every half past the hour (last bus leaving at 3.30pm);
  • Manchester Jewish Museum every quarter to the hour;
  • Chetham's Library on the hour;
  • WCML every ten past the hour.

Route Two: covers the following venues and runs from 12.00pm until 4.00pm leaving at the times listed:

  • •Chetham's Library on the hour (last bus leaving at 3.00pm);

  • Pankhurst Centre twenty past the hour;

  • Victoria Baths twenty five to the hour.

There is no need to buy tickets for the buses simply hop on and off between venues.

Please plan your day that you area able to get back to your starting point if required. We will not be able to run you back to the start outside of the scheduled bus times.

Creative Threads is funded by Arts Council England.

Black and white Arts Council England logo with Lottery Funded acknowledgement


Sun 23 Mar 2014 10am - 4pm



More information

0161 306 1982

Event category

Comedy, Entertainment, Literature, Radical Manchester, Salford, Sport, Women

Event type

Behind the Scenes & Open Days, Performance

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