Manchester Histories Salons

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Autumn 2021 Salon Season!

By popular demand, Manchester Histories Salons are back! Brilliant academics and experts will be sharing their fascinating research and answering questions from the audience through a series of lunchtime online conversations. Please join us - everyone welcome!


Manchester Histories Salon: Panto - oh yes it is!

Weds 15 December 2021, 1pm - 2pm

Dr Claire Robinson and Dr Victoria Garlick

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Dr Claire Robinson & Dr Victoria Garlick set the festive mood with the history of Panto and theatre in Manchester – oh yes they will!

In this last salon of the season, Dr Claire Robinson and Dr Victoria Garlick will give illustrated talks about the growth of theatre in Manchester and the importance of their pantomimes during this period, from the major theatres of central Manchester to those of the Broadhead circuit in the outlying districts.

One of the words most often used about pantomime is ‘traditional,’ but in reality, the only thing truly traditional about pantomime is its ability to continuously reinvent itself. That is how it has survived for hundreds of years. Following the wave of speculative theatre building across Britain in the second half of the nineteenth and into the twentieth century, Manchester became an important centre for regional theatre, with its Theatre Royal having the largest stage outside London.

You can join the salon online as usual plus, as a festive special, we have a limited number of tickets to join us in person in Manchester Central Library’s Performance Space where we will play the online salon live on the big screen. Join us for a mince pie and a unique display of a selection of wonderful theatre archives, available for the event only, with thanks to our friends at Manchester Central Library.

Dr Claire Robinson

Dr Claire Robinson is a cultural and social historian with a special interest in Manchester and the North West of England. Her research focuses on leisure history and the periodical press in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Her doctoral thesis investigated Victorian pantomime in the Manchester theatres.

She is a visiting lecturer at the University of Chester and an honorary research associate with the Sport and Leisure History Research Group at Manchester Metropolitan University. She is also an ambassador for Manchester Histories and a contributor to the online magazine Playing Pasts.

Dr Victoria Garlick

Victoria Garlick was awarded her PhD in 2015 for her work on William Henry Broadhead and his theatre circuit. She is now working towards turning her thesis into a book, whilst also participating in the nationwide project for the digitisation and layering of Henry Irving’s Faust promptbook.

She is interested in long nineteenth century theatre and music hall and their associations with temperance and propriety. This is her first UK-based project having previously worked on Louisa May Alcott and Sophie Treadwell. Victoria is from Manchester and works in Collection Development and Management at the University of Manchester Library.

Catch up on previous salons

If you would like to catch up on the Spring 2021 salon series, please follow the highlighted links below to the recorded sessions onManchester Histories Youtube channel:-

Roman & Medieval Manchester with Dr Michael Nevell and Ian Miller

Models of Medicine with Stephanie Seville and Jan Campbell

Nation of Shopkeepers with Prof Hannah Barker and Dr Michala Hulme

Pets and Pet Loss with Professor Julie-Marie Strange and Diane James of Blue Cross charity

Migration and Communities with Dr Carl Emery and Dr Rachel Lichtenstein

Death and Mourning with Dr Michala Hulme and Dr Sam McCormick

Environmental Campaigning and Access to Green Spaces with Dr Jenna Ashton and Helena Craig of Black2Nature

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