Event | Festival

June 8, 2024, 11:30 am - June 8, 2024, 3:00 pm

DAY 3: Saturday 8th June 2024 – ‘R Histories Open Mic Extravaganza!

Manchester Histories second day of the 'R Histories Open Mic Extravaganza!

Manchester Central Library. Performance Space, St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD

Celebrate the voices of local people and the diverse stories that shape our shared identity. Enjoy this kaleidoscope of narratives and performances as people from every corner of Greater Manchester come together to share tales, stories and histories with us.  

Bring your own lunch to eat in the Performance Space. 

Alternatively, there is a cafe inside Manchester Central Library serving hot and cold food and drinks.  



Let us know you are coming: Book your place here.

List of events for your entertainment. These may be subject to change.

Time Saturday 8 June 2024 Title / Description
11.30WelcomeFrom your MC for today, Erin Beeston
11.45Claire RobinsonI've seen it in 'Black and White!' A Story of Manchester's Victorian Press
12.00Ralph DarlingtonThe Manchester and Salford Strike Wave of Summer 1911
12.15 Bob BarberThe Building of The Manchester Velodrome, the History of the National Cycling Centre
12.30 Pam ArmstrongOriginal Poetry Reading Dedicated to The Great Omi, Belle Vue Showground Performer
12.45Janette Sykes Bread and Roses – The Remarkable Life of Hannah Mitchell
1pmRory ChanLife in Two Metropolises, A Brief History of Hong Kong since 1841 & Manchester Connections
1.15pmColin SykesThe history of BBC Piccadilly Studios in Manchester and the Birth of Ena Sharples!
1.30pmRichard Paul Long Poetry of Angel Meadow
1.45pmLauren GradwellGreater Manchester's RMS Titanic People, the Lives of 40 Local People
2pm Fen Columb-Hallewell The history of Football and Theatre as a combined force for good - for community, rights and health!
2.15pmRonan Stafford The Most Audacious & Incredulous Lie Ever Told - Ruy Gonzalez de Clavijo, 1404 
2.30pmYakub Qureshi, Dean Kirby, Chris OsuhEverything But A Beach - A new podcast revealing the hidden history of the world's first modern city
2.45pmCharlotte Peters Rock A Song About All the Small Museums of Manchester
3pm Farewell From your MC Erin Beeston