Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020 Aims:

In line with Manchester Histories’ mission to deliver projects, events and activities with people and communities that reveal, share and celebrate Greater Manchester’s diverse histories and heritage, the aims of this year's festival are:

  • To raise awareness in the general population of the significance of this ground-breaking legislation and those other legal instruments for which it paved the way (including the DDA 1995 and The Equality Act 2010).
  • To provide an historical and future orientated perspective on disabled people’s* lives in the UK including the positive developments that have taken place, current uncertainties and future directions.
  • To provide a platform for disabled people to express their voices through performance, music and co-designed creative activity.
  • To celebrate the life and achievements of Alf Morris (late Lord Morris of Manchester) and those with whom he worked.
  • To spotlight, amongst the vast diversity of disabled people, everyday role models who are neither heroes nor victims but whose positive, ordinary and occasionally spectacularly talented lives make our whole society richer.
  • To encourage a present-time, open and critical debate about the promotion of equality for disabled people to the benefit of all in society.
  • For disabled people, on their own terms, to author the past, current and potential futures of their citizenship, contribution and participation in the UK. This is a position of empowerment and possibility that would not have been possible without that initial piece of legislation which we honour in these events.

*By ‘disabled people’ we mean any person who identifies as being disabled, neurodiverse and/or have a long-term health problem or chronic illness.

Please note: In light of Covid-19 we have a duty of care to people taking part in Manchester Histories DigiFest 2020. This includes, contributors, our staff, volunteers, and audiences. Manchester Histories will work on-line or remotely as much as possible to reduce risk in making any content, or invite people in to the live studio stream.

The steering group will also strive to ensure that the content produced or presented will be as accessible as possible for our audiences. For people who do not have access to computers, we will showcase the work on a big screen and provide a space where audiences can view the live stream. All the content will be recorded, with the possibility of showcasing at a later time for more people to enjoy at an event gathering, once social distancing measures have been relaxed.

For the making of the content and the live stream we will still practice social distancing and have appropriate hygiene controls in place if still required at the time of broadcast.

The staff team will carry out a risk assessment if physical gathering is required. This will include consideration of the health risks and the following:

· Ensure there are adequate facilities to enable hand washing

·     Keep a distance of 2 metres between people

·     Follow ‘social distancing’ as per the Government’s advice

·     Brief teams about the latest advice for reducing the spread of the infection and what to do if someone is ill

·     Review and modify set design to reduce both the requirement for close working and time to rig the studio

·     Ensure cleaning and use of technical equipment follows government/industry guidelines.

Please send your completed pro forma to: or post it to: 

Janine Hague, Manchester Histories, 3.17, Mansfield Cooper Building, The University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL 

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