June 12, 2022, 11:00 am - June 12, 2022, 4:00 pm

Manchester Histories Festival 2022 – Celebration Day at The Manchester Monastery

The Celebration Day is back! We will be at the spectacular, Grade II listed Manchester Monastery in Gorton as we celebrate the city region’s rich history and heritage with over 50 stalls from museums, archives, and projects from across Greater Manchester.

The Manchester Monastery, Gorton, M12 5WF

FREE! No booking required.

The Celebration Day is fun for all with creative workshops, musical performances, a vintage bus, ice–cream van, and a pop–up museum courtesy of Manchester Museum. The Nationwide Cycling Academy will be offering free servicing for bicycles. There will also be a clothes swap,  performances from the Gorton Voice Choir and Youth Zone Voices Group with Manchester Camerata, as well as plenty of creative workshops!

Workshops and Performers

Swap till you Drop

Come and join the clothes swap party, courtesy of Valery Touchet. Meet new people, find some beautiful pre-loved clothes, share yours and enjoy a sustainable way of living. Valery Touchet is a local fashion designer and community champion for sustainable fashion encouraging the idea that feeling special in what we are wearing is not just about what others see, but also the way it feels to wear something that we know is kind to the environment. 

Belle Vue Woodcut and Screen-Printing Workshop     

Gorton Visual Arts present a free woodcut and screen-printing workshop related to Gorton‘s Social History. Create your own Belle Vue Poster to take home based on the original Belle Vue Zoological Gardens Poster. Gorton Visual Arts has been creating artwork in and around Gorton and Manchester since 2006.  

In Stitches

Join the craft group, In Stitches, for some crafty science activism! Knitters from the University of Manchester craft group, and other local knitters, will be knitting a very long climate change scarf, showing how our climate has changed over the last 100+ years! Each knitter will be knitting 1 year of temperatures in different colours, bringing the data to life.

Nationwide Cycling Academy

A correctly functioning bike is not only safer, but also more efficient and more enjoyable to ride! Bring your bikes along and a mechanic will carry out a free safety check on the day. This also includes simple repairs and adjustments to ensure everything is in good working order.

Museum of Transport Greater Manchester    

Museum of Transport Greater Manchester will be bringing a vintage bus (pictured) to the Celebration Day! It will be open for visitors to explore, and there will be an opportunity to sit in the driver’s cab, but it will not be offering rides. Museum volunteers will be on hand to provide information, and we will also have a selection of ticket machines for handling, and transport related memorabilia and Museum souvenirs on sale. 

Gorton Voice Choir

Gorton Voice Community Choir was set up in 2003 and is open to all adults. There are no auditions and they pride themselves on being an easy-going, friendly and welcoming choir.

Youth Zone Voices Group  
Young people will work alongside a composer and instrumentalists from Manchester Camerata to co-produce a brand-new song through a series of workshops. Young people will also work with the Hideout Youth Zone team to create an ensemble dance piece and writing workshops to explore the history of climate change and action.

View of numerous stalls at Celebration Day
Celebration Day

Full list of stalls:

All Things Considered
Band on the Wall
Belle Vue Zoological Gardens
Bob Dobson
British Association for Local History
Canal and River Trust
Castlefield Viaduct, National Trust
Cheetham and Crumpsall History Society
Cheshire and Lancashire Antiquarian Society
Clayton Hall Living History Museum
Council for British Archaeology North West
Debdale Eco–centre and Gorton Heritage Trail
Friends of Gorton Cemetery
Friends of Heaton Hall
Garrick Books
Gorton Local History Group
Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archive
Greater Manchester’s Young Archaeologists Club
Healthy Me, Healthy Communities – Gorton Central
Heaton Park Tramway
Hide Out Youth Zone
Hungarian English Cultural Society
International Brigade Memorial Trust
John Ryland Research Institute and Library
MACFest Muslim Arts and Culture Network
Manchester and Salford Ramblers
Manchester Camerata
Manchester City Council – Neighbourhood Sustainable Team
Manchester City of Literature
Manchester Digital Music Archive
Manchester Jewish Museum
Manchester Libraries – Archives+
Manchester Literary and Philosophical Society
Manchester Military History Society
Manchester Museum
Manchester Settlement
Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage (MMU)
Manchester Poetry Library (MMU)
Museum of Transport Greater Manchester
North West Film Archive (MMU)
North West Labour History Society
Pamela Armstrong – Belle Vue Independent Artist
Pankhurst Trust – Rooms of Our Own
People’s History Museum
Polyp Graphic Novel
Richard Lysons
Talking about my generation
The Gaskell Society
The Portico Library & Gallery
The Victorian Society
Trailblazers – Women of the Manchester and the North West
University of Manchester – School of Arts, Languages and Culture
Victoria Baths History Group
Visioning Lab
Walk Ride GM
Working Class Movement Library

We are delighted to have partnered with ecolibrium, a live events industry response to the climate crisis, taking action to reduce travel impacts and invest in climate solutions. We encourage everyone attending the festival to balance your travel emissions. Simply use the travel calculator to work out your travel impacts and donate to balance them.


We endeavour to ensure that Festival events are accessible to all and welcome you to contact us regarding any specific requirements you may have before the event: info@manchesterhistories.co.uk or 0161 306 1982.

The venue is fully accessible with disabled toilets.

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