June 9, 2022 - June 12, 2022

Manchester Histories Festival 2022 – Friends Events and Walks


Manchester Histories Festival Audio Walk – Learn more about Manchester and its story with climate change via three stories (one past, one present and one future) from twelve locations around the city. Produced by History, Politics, and Philosophy students from Manchester Metropolitan University. Full details TBC.

Thursday 9th June | 1pm–2pm | Book Now
Friday 10th June | 6pm–7pm | Book Now
Emma Fox Guided Tours
– Explore the world’s first modern environmental campaign, acid rain, dark satanic mills, the campaign for access to fresh air and green space. 

Thursday 9th June | 11am–1pm | Book Now
Friday 10th June | 11am–1pm | Book Now
Saturday 11th June | 11am–1pm | Book Now
Saturday 11th June | 2pm–4pm | Book Now
Sunday 12th June | 11am–1pm | Book Now
Sunday 12th June | 2pm–4pm | Book Now
More Than A ‘Foul Drain’: A Walking Tour of Manchester’s Water History
– This talk will take participants along the Irwell River and Rochdale Canal to tell stories of Manchester’s efforts and failures to make its waterways work for transportation and industry. Please note this walk will start outside the Museum of Science and Industry.

William Royle and his Platt Fields protest: An Easy Self-guided Heritage Trail – Immerse yourself in the history of Platt Fields while you enjoy its thriving greenery, with this easy to use augmented reality experience created by MMU’S fresh-thinking Heritage team. Full details TBC.

Thursday 9th June | 12pm–2pm | Book Now
Cottonopolis – When Manchester Was World Leader
–Manchester was the world’s leading centre for cotton production for a hundred and fifty years, and its legacy can be found across town; from the fabulously ornate Watts Warehouse (now the Britannia Hotel) to the Royal Exchange and the Town Hall whose spire sports the symbol of a cotton boll. Ed Glinert of New Manchester Walks honours the cloth that cut Manchester. Please note this walk will start outside HOME.


Manchester Art Gallery 

Climate Justice – In February 2022, Manchester Art Gallery opened a gallery dedicated to Climate Justice, curated by the MAG Climate Justice Group, which includes gallery staff, artists and activists based in Manchester. 

Wythenshawe Library

10 Years to Save the World – The Ten Years to Save the World anthology is a collection of 10 comics, of various lengths and forms, to represent each of the ten years left to save the world and to enable us to tackle different issues and different climate actions. 

Friends Events

Groundswell 2022 – Friends of the Earth’s Groundswell North West will bring together experts, activists and communities for a day of stimulating talks and practical workshops in central Manchester. Find out more here.

Sunday 12th June | 10.30am–3pm | Book Now
RSPB Open Day in Fletcher Moss Park
– Join the RSPB in the beautiful surroundings of Fletcher Moss Park for a day of learning, immersing in nature and family craft activities. Go on a journey back to their roots: a group of indefatigable women campaigning to end the killing of birds for their feathers.

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.

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