Since 2009, the biennial Manchester Histories festival has grown in strength and now takes pride of place in the festival ecology of Greater Manchester and beyond.

Manchester Histories Festival celebrates the rich and diverse histories and heritage of Greater Manchester through a programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, film screenings, games and more. The festival is held in partnership with community groups, museums, galleries, academics, archives, local and family history societies, cultural organisations, commercial bodies and volunteers.

The festival has included events such as Belle Vue: Showground of the World. This celebration of Belle Vue Zoological Gardens’ heady days in Manchester showcased talks, walks, and exhibitions whilst gathering people’s memorabilia and memories of Belle Vue to create an interactive digital map.