Manchester Histories Festival 2018

Returning for its 5th edition from the 7-11 June, the 2018 Manchester Histories Festival offered a packed long-weekender of events.

2018 was a historically monumental year for Greater Manchester, as the place that gave birth to the suffragette movement and the Trades Union Congress, and these were placed at the forefront of the festival which it explored the themes of protest, democracy and freedom of speech in the lead up to the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Peterloo Massacre of 1819.

Woman holding banners saying votes for women
Elizabeth Gaskell House stall at Celebration Day three woman and one man talking and looking at books
Posters saying deeds not words unite and fight and everything is for everyone
RNCM stand at Manchester Histories Festival Woman sat behind table with a computer and some books on
Man from TUC explaining a TUC exhibition
Man explaining stall to two women
People sat in park watching someone to perform on a soapbox
Belle Vue Banners - two men sitting behind table with Belle Vue memorabilia

'Festival 18 gave people the opportunity to explore the rich and diverse histories of the people and places of Greater Manchester, it connected people together to learn new things and discuss and debate important moments in our radical history. It was also about having fun and using creative activity to showcase our heritage in new and exciting ways by bringing our histories to life'.

Karen Shannon CEO Manchester Histories
Three people standing up from Peterloo Speakers club

59 History & heritage organisations participated in Manchester Histories Celebration Day

People gong on a guided walk in Heaton Park

6,590 People attended the events as audience members

Antony Burgess stall with an assortment of books on a table from writer Antony Burgess

46 Cultural organisations contributed to the festival by an open call

Young girl making paper horn with a Manchester Histories volunteer

259 Active Participants took part in the festival including our volunteers