Manchester Histories Festival

Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Front Window

Read about the history of Manchester Craft & Design Centre, from 1873 right up to the present day, and see a collection of photos from our archive dating back to our fish market days.

Ground Floor Studios

Studio 3: Linzi Ramsden Ceramics

The framed porcelain pieces on the outside wall of Linzi’s studio are inspired by the Ancoats Peeps - brass eyepieces set into walls in the Ancoats area, through which you can glimpse a space that has been walled up for some time, but that is not entirely still.Image from Studio 3 at Manchester Craft & Design Centre

Studio 10-11: Ella McIntosh, THIS IS PEWTER & Helen Tiffany Glass

Helen and Ella have chosen to celebrate the Manchester worker bee and how this historic emblem of Manchester is still so relevant today. With words such as industry and community being a driving force for Manchester Craft & Design Centre over the last 30+ years, it’s a reminder of the importance of looking back as well as forward. The bee is highlighted in the window alongside Helen’s new range of monochrome geometric glassware and Ella’s pewter Manchester bee jewellery range.Window display at Studio 10 Manchester Craft & Design Centre

First Floor Studios

Studio 21: &made

‘Stringesque vastae piscis’ – hand woven loom fish in a world of paper seaweed, inspired by the building that now houses Manchester Craft & Design Centre and the city’s textile heritage. &made combined fish market imagery with textiles for the window installation upstairs at Studio 21.Window display at Studio 21

Studio 25: Nell Smith, Jane Blease, Kathryn Edwards and The Magpie’s Daughter

Inspired by medieval illustrations, Studio 25 are creating a marvelous medley of mash-up creatures that would have been found at Manchester Craft & Design Centre over the years. This collaborative project will evolve over the course of the festival, look out for Lobster-men, Chicken-mice, Cat-eels and much more!

Read Nell Smith's blog post on creating a display for Heritage Windows here.


Fri 3 Jun 2016 to Sun 12 Jun 2016


Manchester Craft & Design Centre

17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester M4 5JD

Event type

Exhibitions, Family events, Free events, Heritage Windows

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