Meet the Manchester Histories Team

Karen Shannon Profile

Karen Shannon, Chief Executive

Karen is responsible for the creative direction, vision, strategic planning, programming, marketing and funding of Manchester Histories (MH) and Manchester Histories Festival (MHF). Karen believes that exploring histories and heritage is a great way of engaging with people and communities. A way to spark imaginations, learn new things, and to create work that has impact and meaning on the here and now, and the future.

Janine Hague

Janine Hague, Project Manager

Janine manages a host of Manchester Histories projects. To do so she is working with community groups and cultural organisations to tell the stories of people and places across Greater Manchester.

Charlie Booth Profile

Charlie Booth, Community Engagement Manager

Charlie manages the community engagement programmes for Manchester Histories, which includes the recruitment and ongoing learning and development of our volunteers, and work with communities.

John Leatherbarrow - Manchester Histories Administrator

John Leatherbarrow, Administrator

John is responsible for all of the administration and financial processes for Manchester Histories, which includes paying invoices, data management, and supporting the team and board of Trustees with meetings and taking minutes.

Manchester Histories Trustees

Colour photograph of Dr Kostas Arvanitis Senior Lecturer in Museology at the University of Manchester. Kostas is also a Trustee of Manchester Histories

Dr Kostas Arvanitis

Dr Kostas Arvanitis is a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Cultural Practices, University of Manchester. He teaches in the MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies and his research interests cross the fields of museology, archaeology, cultural heritage, and digital media. His expertise lies in the area of Digital Heritage, which includes the theory and practice of digital technology in museums, art galleries and heritage sites. Kostas works with arts and heritage organisations in developing partnerships and projects around the use of digital and social media for purposes of curation, interpretation and audience engagement

Colour photograph of Hannah Barker Professor of British History at the University of Manchester and Trustee of Manchester Histories

Hannah Barker (Chair)

Hannah Barker is a historian of industrial revolution England, and the north of England in particular. She is Professor of British History at the University of Manchester and a Historical Advisor for the National Trust at Quarry Bank Mill.

Black and white photograph of Rob Higginson from Laing O'Rourke and Trustee of Manchester Histories

Rob Higginson

Rob is a Commercial Leader with Laing O’Rourke in Manchester and has more years’ experience of commercial and financial management than you could shake a stick at. He is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and a Governor at St Barnabas C of E Primary Academy. In and out of work Rob gets excited by music, people, numbers and technology.

Andrew Pattinson

Andrew Pattinson

Andrew is a partner at national law firm Shoosmiths LLP. He specialises in commercial real estate and is involved in all kinds of development projects around the city. He's had a lifelong love of history and whilst not directly relevant to his job enjoys looking into the history of the site and buildings he works on. Andrew is one of our newest board members and is delighted to be part of and support Manchester Histories.

Black and white photograph of Professor Melanie Tebbutt at Manchester Metropolitan University. Melanie is a Manchester Histories Trustee

Melanie Tebbutt

Melanie Tebbutt is Professor of History at Manchester Metropolitan University, where she has been involved in developing a number of community-based history projects. She is Head of the University’s Humanities Research Centre and of the Manchester Centre for Regional History.

Colour photograph of John Williams Manchester Histories Board Member

John Williams

John Williams is an arts and heritage consultant working with a wide variety of private and public arts and heritage organisations in the UK and overseas. Most of his work focuses on supporting, advising and managing capital development and exhibition projects. John is Chair of the Millennium Quarter in Manchester (which includes Urbis and The Cathedral Visitor Centre,) a mentor for the Museums Association Diploma, a mentor for the Heritage Lottery Fund and a heritage expert for the Institute of Fundraising.

Shirin Hirsch

Shirin Hirsch

Shirin is a historian in residence at People’s History Museum. She specialises in the history of modern Britain with a particular focus on the labour movement. Shirin is currently undertaking research on Peterloo and the global context of the early 1800s democracy movement in Manchester.

Advisory roles

Dave Haslam

Musician, DJ, author - Creative Consultant

Salma Patel

BME Community Advisor

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