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.
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.'
1329 1329 people attended the event at Manchester Cathedral
13 Emerging artists engaged in the activity
4 Community Groups took part in the project
9 Public workshops took place in Manchester Central Library