The ability to conceive, articulate, and evaluate di erent opinions remains not only the
lifeblood of democracy, but essential for an engaged democratic society. Manchester Histories
and partners host a day of exchanging di erent ideas and thoughts through debating, and
discussing topics that have or are shaping our histories and society. So come along, share your
views on all or some of the debates on offer.
We also open the floor for everyone to take part. The day will be streamed live via our twitter
feed so you can join in the conversation. Or, why not organise your own discussion or debate
in your own place, be it classroom, cafe, pub, or your own front room. Let us know what are
debating, get involved, have your say. #DebateMcrHist
DEBATE 1: DOUBLE-DOWN DEVOLUTION
Devolution promised to open up new
opportunities for community engagement and
empowerment, shifting power from Whitehall to
the Town Hall. One year on since the election of
Andy Burnham as Mayor of Greater Manchester,
join Jam and Justice’s Action Research Collective
to discuss the changing horizons of collective
decision-making in Greater Manchester.
DEBATE 2: CAPITALISM AND ITS DISCONTENTS
Manchester is both the cradle of capitalism and a city that has shaped e orts to imagine a new, post-capitalist, world. In this, the 200th
anniversary of the birth of Karl Marx, expert
historians, policy advisors and economists from
the department of History at The University of
Manchester present a round table discussion on
the history of capitalism and the di erent ways
its discontents have sought to reform, escape or
overthrow the system.
DEBATE 3: IS BALANCED AND INCLUSIVE EDUCATION EVIDENT IN THE BRITISH STEM CURRICULA?
The Foundation for Science, Technology & Civilisation UK is a British educational
organisation dedicated to exploring and
promoting the cultural roots of science and
inventions for social cohesion and inter-
cultural appreciation. It presents a round
table conversation that asks whether balance
and inclusivity is evident in the British STEM
DEBATE 4: HOW MANY ARTISTS DOES IT
TAKE TO CHANGE THE WORLD?
Are artists being pushed further out of cities
due to corporate pricing? Does a city without
artists lose its identity? Do artists lose their
agency in the city if they don’t have a physical
place there? Can you occupy a city’s culture
without a physical space? Artists Lauren Sagar,
Eve Robertson and John-Paul Brown host an
inclusive debate that asks how artists can
maintain their presence in a rapidly developing
city region such as Manchester.
Book a FREE ticket for any or all of the debates here.