Manchester Histories Celebration Day

12noon-4pm, Sunday 10th June

The magnificent Manchester Histories Celebration Day returns for a fun filled day for all the family at its new venue for 2018: Manchester Central Library.

We will be welcoming over 60 different groups to fill the corridors and the bookshelves with exciting stalls and displays. Manchester’s rich histories will be shared and celebrated for one day only under the same circular roof. Read up The John Rylands Library collection, discover the wonders of the universe with Manchester Astronomical Society and try out a new style with Stockport Hat Museum.

And if you want to get involved, we have local history groups from across Greater Manchester who want to talk to you!

There will be something for everybody no matter what type of history you enjoy learning about.

Throughout the afternoon a full programme of music, dramatic performances and informative lectures will animate the spaces in Manchester Central Library.

Listen to the beautiful voices of the Hallé choirs and the Manchester Community Choirs as they fill the ground floor with songs of protest. Learn from independent historians presenting on topics such as Manchester’s Forgotten Reformers – Abaslom and Watkins and Manchester’s Lost District. We premiere new films by M13 Youth Project and Niamos – Vox Box that sees local history captured through the eyes of young people today. Witness the shouts for equality from the suffragettes reimagined in the play She Bangs The Drums.

Join us in commemorating the lives lost during the battle of Manchester Hill through contemporary performances in Manchester Hill Remembered in the stunning first floor Reading Room. Continue to the second floor and see Spinning Dreams: Happiness in a Lancashire Cotton Town in the 1930s; a programme of talks and dramatic performances from Bolton University drawing on Bolton’s identity as a Mass Observation Worktown.

Performances and Talks Timings:


12:15 – 13:00 Absalom and Edward Watkin – Manchester’s forgotten reformers By Geoff Scargill

13:00 – 13:45 The Military History of Manchester by Tim Cockitt & Ian Sanders of the Manchester Military History Society

13.45 – 14.15 M13 Youth Project Film Screening

14:15 – 14:45 She Bangs the Drum by Contact Youth Theatre

14:45 – 15:15 Vox Box – NIAMOS Centre Hulme Film Screening

15:15 – 16:00 Manchester’s Lost District by Keith Warrender


12noon – 13:00 Hallé Youth Training Choir and Hallé Ancoats Community Choir

13:15 – 13:45 She Bangs the Drum by Contact Youth Theatre

15:15 – 15:45 Manchester Community Choir


12:30 – 13:30 Revolutionary Women Around the World: discussion and talk

12noon – 16:00 University of Bolton take-over Spinning Dreams: Happiness in a Lancashire Cotton Town in the 1930

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