Diary of a Festival-goer

Missing Manchester Histories Festival already? Jen Mellor has rounded up her Manchester Histories Festival 2018 best-bits for The Crunch, a new arts and culture blog covering Greater Manchester.


History in poem, art and stitch

A many-voiced history, told in poetry and art, was launched at Manchester Histories Festival 2018. Read about the process of creating the publication on the Manchester Histories blog.

We take a look back at Manchester Histories Festival 2018 and look ahead to 2019, when we will be bringing to life the story, legacy and spirit of Peterloo through a programme of new work and special events that explore and commemorate the Peterloo Massacre. Watch our short film now

Peterloo 2019: Network Meeting

Join us on Wednesday 31st October 2018 at either 2pm-4pm or 5.30pm-7.30pm at Manchester Central Library for the next Peterloo 2019: Network Meeting. Find out more and reserve your ticket now...

Catch a first glimpse of Mike Leigh's Peterloo Movie now!

Directed by Mike Leigh and staring Rory Kinnear and Maxine Peake, Peterloo will be released in cinemas later in 2018 and we're thrilled to be able to share the teaser trailer with you.

Manchester Histories Festival 2018

The festival has now come to an end. Thank you to everyone for taking part in an amazing long weekender. Shortly we will share with you feedback from all the wonderful events and happenings from across the festival.

MHF 2018 website is live!

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Peoples March for Jobs

TUC Day: Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2018

Friday 8th June

Marking the 150th Anniversary of the formation of the TUC in Manchester and Salford in 1868, DJ, writer and creative consultant to Manchester Histories, Dave Haslam curates a day of events that will culminate with an in-conversation with the TUC’s General Secretary, Frances O’Grady,

music decs

Not The Factory: Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2018

Saturday 9th June

Manchester Histories presents this Saturday special to ask what of Manchester's electronic music histories have not yet been recorded? What else should be remembered? And, what histories are being made right now?


Manchester Histories Celebration Day

Sunday 10th June

The magnificent Manchester Histories Celebration Day returns for a fun filled day for all the family at its new venue for 2018: Manchester Central Library.

We will welcome over 60 different groups who fill the corridors and the bookshelves with exhibitions, beautiful sounds, talks and arts and crafts.

Brexit protesters with flag bearing the words Europeans are Here to Stay

Soapbox: Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2018

Friday 8th - Sunday 10th June

Hosted by guest comperes Reece Williams, Shirley May, Liv Barnes from Young Identity Collective, and punk poet Toria Garrett.All Saint’s Park will be transformed. From theatre performances about the suffragettes and recreations of historical moments to raps about the effect of critical debt and live music inspired by protest.

Capitalism and is Discontents

DEBATE – DISCUSS – TALK – CONNECT – DECIDE – ACT: Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2018

Monday 11th June

Manchester Histories and partners host a day of exchanging ideas and thoughts through debating, and discussing topics that have or are shaping our histories and society. Come along, share your views.

Explore Oldham Stories

Manchester Histories Festival 2018: Partner Events

7th-11th June

Alongside the events Manchester Histories has programmed and curated you will find a packed line-up of events happening right across Greater Manchester and each in response to the themes of this years festival; protest, democracy and freedom of speech.

Start your own historical research project...

As part of our Heritage Lottery Funded, Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians project we've launched a set of toolkits.

Written by experts the toolkits guide you though each step of your historical research project.

Download the toolkits now

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