Manchester Histories secure a share of the new £7m GMCA Culture and Social Impact Fund.

The new Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) Culture and Social Impact Fund, have announced the 28 organisations who they are investing in from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2020.

The new portfolio, agreed by Leaders at the GMCA meeting on 26th January, comprises: Art with Heart, Brighter Sound, Cartwheel Arts, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art, Contact Theatre, Dance Manchester, Gaydio, GM Arts, GMCVO, Greater Sport, Halle, HOME, MadLab, Manchester Camerata, Manchester Histories, Manchester International Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival, Manchester Jewish Museum, Music Action International, Octagon Theatre Bolton, Oldham Coliseum, Peoples History Museum, Royal Exchange, The Lowry (Quays Culture), The Proud Trust, Water Adventure Centre, Wigan STEAM, Z-Arts.

The 28 organisations have been selected on their ability to provide excellent cultural experiences or work that has significant social impact across the ten boroughs in Greater Manchester.

Manchester Histories will receive £25,000 each year for two years, with the funding enabling us to create a greater impact across the whole of Greater Manchester; connecting more people together to explore the past and shape the future through histories and heritage.

Chair of Manchester Histories Board of Trustees, Hannah Barker (Historian, Professor of British History at the University of Manchester and Director of the John Rylands Research Institute) said:“I am delighted that the Greater Manchester Combined Authority are supporting our work. Everyone at Manchester Histories is looking forward to engaging with people and organisations across Greater Manchester over the next few years, and especially around key events such as the commemoration of the end of the First World War in 2018 and Peterloo in 2019.”

Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham added: “The creative industry in Greater Manchester is thriving, contributing £1.46 billion to our economy and continuing to grow.

“We must support this growth and make pathways to creative careers accessible to everyone by supporting the dedicated people and businesses that are using their talent and entrepreneurship to build our local economy.”

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England said:“It’s incredibly encouraging to see Greater Manchester Combined Authority make this kind of strategic investment, to support the cultural ecology of the city region. This significant investment, made in a challenging financial climate, demonstrates Greater Manchester’s understanding of how central culture can be in supporting all residents to live good lives.”

Sarah Maxfield, Area Director North, Arts Council England said: “Greater Manchester has a strong and diverse cultural offer and this investment demonstrates real commitment to supporting that offer, for the benefit of all GM residents. It’s great to see the range of established organisations and newer, emerging talent, included in this portfolio which will benefit people from GM, the north and beyond. We look forward to a strong and fruitful strategic relationship with GMCA and the Greater Manchester Mayor’s office over the coming years.”

Manchester Histories delivers projects and events throughout the year that reveal and celebrate Greater Manchester histories and heritage, build networks, develop and share skills and knowledge, and increase participation in histories and heritage across communities.

As part of the centenary commemoration of World War 1, Manchester Histories, in partnership with Manchester City Council and Brighter Sound, will deliver the Manchester Hill commemorations.

From 7-11 June 2018, the Greater Manchester wide biennial Manchester Histories Festival returns for its 5th instalment with the theme protest, democracy and freedom of speech, and an all new Festival format. Unique amongst histories festivals in the UK for working in collaborative partnerships with organisations, communities, individuals. Manchester Histories Festival 2018 will offer a packed long-weekender of music, film, debate, talks, theatre, performance, walking tours, visual arts and much more, including the huge Manchester Histories Celebration Day.

2019 will mark the bicentenary of the Peterloo Massacre, a watershed moment in Britain’s struggle for universal suffrage that was to shape the future of the Manchester and mark it as a radical city like no other.

Manchester Histories, working in partnership with key cultural organisations including the People’s History Museum, will be illuminating this story for visitors to explore from a contemporary perspective through the themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech.  From June to August a vast Peterloo 2019 events programme will unfold, featuring creative interpretations and exploration. An interactive website will lead the story-telling experience, placing visitors in the setting of St Peter’s Field on 18 August 1819 from which they can begin their journey of discovery.

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