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.


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.

Colour photograph of the Moston & Colllyhurst Boxing group members filming as part of the Manchester Metropolitan University Passions of Youth Project.

Friday Films

Fri 10 Jun 2016 10am - 4pm

Enjoy a relaxed Friday watching a series of films produced by community organisations across Greater Manchester

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.

Colour photograph of two young people from Manchester's RECLAIM project

Moss Side Must Fly

Sat 4 Jun 2016 11.30am - 1.30pm

Gain a full experience of Moss Side's heritage and culture, on this immersive tour led by RECLAIM Alumni from our very first 2007 project, who experience Moss Side everyday.

Colour photo of famillies in Manchester Museum taking part in Manchester Histories Festival crafting activities

Get Creative

Sat 4 Jun 2016 12 noon - 4pm and 3 more

A fun and active opportunity for children to discover the arts around them and gain an Arts Award Discover certificate.

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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