Manchester Histories Salons

Join us as we explore the history of topics you are passionate about.

Environmental Campaigning

Monday 8 February 2020 1pm - 2pm

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In the first of our insightful salons we explore the history of environmental campaigning and the right for access to green spaces from the beginnings of industrialisation in the late 18th century to today. Guest speakers are Dr Jenna Ashton and Helena Craig.

Dr Jenna C Ashton
Dr Jenna C Ashton is a curator and artist, research consultant, lecturer and MA Programme Director of Heritage Studies in the Institute for Cultural Practices, The University of Manchester.

Jenna's practice concerns the development of collaborative and creative feminist methods and analysis, working across intersection of heritage, arts, activism, place, care, ecology and social justice. Jenna is leading the Arts and Humanities Research Council's Community Climate Resilience Project.

Helena Craig
Helena Craig

is Chair of Black2Nature launched by Helena’s daughter, Mya-Rose ‘Birdgirl’ Craig when she was 14 years old, to campaign for equal access to nature for all, concentrating on Visible Ethnic Minority (VEM) communities. Black2Nature runs nature camps and activities, organises race equality in nature conferences, and campaigns to make the nature conservation and environmental sectors ethnically diverse. Now age 18, Dr Mya-Rose and Helena are committed environmental campaigners, with a particular passion for encouraging lifelong learning especially in young people, and compassion for nature and diversity.

Death and Mourning

Thursday 18 March 2020 1pm - 2pm

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Dr Michala Hulme and Dr Sam McCormick explore our relationship with death over the centuries and examine the fascinating, touching and occasionally macabre ways in which we mourn and remember our dead. Guest speakers are Dr Michala Hulme and Dr Sam McCormick.

Dr Michala Hulme
Dr Michala Hulme is an award-winning historian and professional genealogist at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is based at the Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage.

Michala specialises in the period 1800-1950. Her personal research interests include living and dying in Victorian Britain, with a particular focus on the experience of the working classes, crime and street gangs.

Dr Sam McCormick
Dr Sam McCormick

is interested in our ongoing relationships with the dead and the rituals, places and objects that maintain these connections. Her research explores how our relationships with the dead are shifting away from death’s traditional landscapes. Sam’s PhD examined the incorporation of human cremation ashes into objects and tattoos, including jewellery, teapots, mosaics, vinyl records and more.

Migration and Communities

Wednesday 14 April 2020 1pm - 2pm

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We trace the make-up of our communities in and around Manchester from the early days of the industrial revolution to the rural town's rapid expansion into the major, globally connected city of today. Dr Carl Emery and Dr Rachel Lichtenstein will consider reasons behind migration into the region and share their fascinating research into some of the communities in this diverse and cosmopolitan city.

Dr Carl Emery
Dr Carl Emery is a Research Impact Fellow (Disadvantage and Poverty) at the Manchester Institute of Education, University of Manchester. Carl is interested in the stories of local communities and has worked on a number of Greater Manchester projects exploring and capturing the history of communities, particularly around the Ardwick and Hulme/Moss Side districts. Carl is also interested in exploring how poverty and mental health intersect and has in this capacity worked for the Department for Education, Welsh Assembly and the Home Office as well as many charities and regional bodies.
Dr Rachel Liechtenstein
                                  Dr Rachel Lichtenstein is a British artist, writer and curator who is internationally known for her books, multi-media projects and artworks that examine place, memory and Jewish identity. She currently combines writing and research with a post as Reader in the English and History departments at Manchester Metropolitan University where she also co-directs the Centre for Place Writing. Her latest projects involves deep research into Jewish settlement in East London, Manchester and the Caribbean. Rachel is currently working on a collaborative project with Manchester Jewish Museum and other partners, to produce a digital memory map of the Cheetham Hill area of Manchester, similar to the map she created of London's East End https://jewisheastendmemorymap.org/

Pets and Pet Loss

Thursday 22 April 1pm - 2pm

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In the final Salon of the season, we consider the role of animals in the home and workplace as family members and work companions. We will also explore some of the more fascinating stories about the history of our relationship with domesticated animals and pets - how we love, neglect and mourn their passing. Guest speakers Professor Julie-Marie Strange and Diane James.

Prof Julie-Marie Strange and Pepper
Professor Julie-Marie Strange

Having spent sixteen years at Manchester University, Julie-Marie Strange moved to Durham University as Professor of Modern British History in October 2019. The pastimes of her youth - hanging around Victorian cemeteries with her border collies - gave a clear indication of what would become her principal academic pursuits: histories of death and dogs in the Victorian period. She is the co-author of The Invention of the Modern Dog: Breed and Blood in Victorian Britain (Johns Hopkins, 2018) with Michael Worboys and Neil Pemberton and her new book, with Jane Hamlett, ‘Pets: A History’ will be out next year.

Diane James
Diane James is the manager of Blue Cross Pet Bereavement Service, the team provides support for any type of animal loss by free phone and email every day of the year. As well as training vets and animal organisations in pet loss, Diane has spoken at many conferences and appeared on national and local Television and radio. Diane is also co-chair of pets passing, an event held a number of times a year with Professor Julie Marie strange and she is also a trustee of Helplines partnership.

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