Manchester Histories Festival

Manchester Ballads

In the nineteenth century, the news of Manchester was presented as single sheets of paper printed with a ballad to be sung of the day's happenings.

Chetham's Library holds a large collection of these ballads and Band on the Wall is proud to explore and celebrate this unique history of Manchester in a day of performance, films, exhibitions and talks, supported by Manchester Histories Festival.

Featuring talks by social archeologist David Jennings and Gavin Sharp, producer of the Edward II Manchester’s Improving Daily, plus performances by "pre-eminent broadside balladress of the Manchester region" Jennifer Reid, Mark Dowding and Chris Pollington, and The Fosbrooks, it's a day for all ages.   

You can find out more about the Ballads at Chetham's Library on their website.

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Colour illustration of a Manchester ballad seller. Image courtesy of Chetham's Library


Sun 12 Jun 2016 1pm - 5.30pm


Band on the Wall

The Northern Quarter, 25 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 5JZ



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0161 830 2807
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Event type

Exhibitions, Family events, Free events, Talks

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