Manchester Hill

The Manchester Hill project commemorated the Battle of Manchester Hill, a late action in the First World War with special resonance to the City of Manchester.

Musician Playing Guitar in Manchester Central Libaray
Digital picture of flowers and Captain from 16th Battalion
crowd at event

On 21 March 1918, Manchester Hill, a high ground just outside St Quentin in Northern France defended by the 16th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment, was attacked by a large German force.

It was truly a tragic day for the Battalion. Despite a heroic defence led by Colonel Elstob the action was unsuccessful with almost the entire battalion dead or wounded by 4pm on that day.

To commemorate this significant moment in the history of Greater Manchester, Manchester Histories led on a programme of history and heritage workshops, visits and talks culminating in an immersive, multi-disciplinary performance event at Manchester Cathedral in partnership with Manchester City Council and Brighter Sound.

'I was bowled over by this performance. It felt inclusive and respectful and artistically powerful. Loved it!'

'Better, more contemporary in its approach than I’d expected'

'It surpassed my expectations - the projections were larger than I had anticipated and the overall production was really ambitious.'

Manchester Hill Remembered audiences
crowd at event

1329 1329 people attended the event at Manchester Cathedral

13 Emerging artists engaged in the activity

People around a table talking about the Manchester Hill project

4 Community Groups took part in the project

People sat around a table researching the story of Manchester Hill in Manchester Library

9 Public workshops took place in Manchester Central Library