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.