Hidden Histories Hidden Historians
Manchester Histories worked with communities across Greater Manchester to reveal less familiar histories and heritage, thanks to funding from the National Heritage Lottery Fund .
With the help of experts Oldham Youth Council, Manchester People First, M13 Youth Project, The Inspire Centre and FC United with Sporting Memories delved in to their own histories and archives to form a fascinating exhibition that took place at Manchester Central Library from November 2017 to January 2018.
The five community groups in the project worked to reveal less familiar histories and heritage; that is to say, the histories of the people, buildings, families, communities and places that make our lives. These histories can become ‘hidden’ because they are not always recorded, nevertheless, these important social histories often shape us and the places we live.
"History didn’t happen to times, dates and places and buildings. It happened within them, and it happened to people. It has happened, and continues to happen, to all of us. Our understanding of history is always richer and more fulfilling with more than one voice or narrative to tell of it."
As part of the project Manchester Histories worked to strengthen a network of individual amateur historians with a range of tours and networking events and the launch of a series of toolkits written by experts. The toolkits guide you through each step of your historical research project.
266,000 people Audiences visited physical and digital exhibitions, tours and launch events.
254 people attended attended support surgeries, workshops and networking events
6 GM community groups Produced digital heritage exhibitions for Archives+ in Manchester Central Library