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MCR Histories Festival 21-30 March: Laser Beams And Telescopes

Excellent festival makes its biennial return

Published on March 20th 2014.

MCR Histories Festival 21-30 March: Laser Beams And Telescopes

MANCHESTER Histories Festival returns from the 21-30 March 2014.

We hope that it inspires people to find out more about the unique and fascinating histories of the city region. 

Offering music, film, debate, talks by renowned historians, performance, walking tours and exhibitions, MHF aims to both celebrate the familiar and reveal the new and hidden histories from across Greater Manchester.

There are more than 160 events and activities, the majority  of them free.

The full programme is live at manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk

 Some of the highlights include:

Thank you a spectacular two-mile laser beam artwork that will pay tribute to pioneering scientist Alan Turing OBE. Every evening of the Festival. Book here.

Manchester: A Personal History. TV historian Michael Wood reflects on the history of Manchester and its people, using his own family history as a starting point. Tuesday 25 March. Book here.

Michael Wood


Michael Wood

Barry Adamson in conversation. Mercury Music Prize nominated musician, ex-Nick Cave collaborator and creator of Moss Side Story where he was born discusses his life and work. Saturday 29 March. Book here.

Manchester Central Library. Tours around the re-invented Manchester Library. Friday 21 to Saturday 29 March. Book here

Remembering Strawberry Studios. Oral Histories Project looking at the famous Stockport recording studios that hosted Paul McCartney, the Bay City Rollers, The Buzzcocks, Neil Sedaka, Joy Division, New Order, James, The Smiths, Simply Red and The Stone Roses. Sunday 23 March. Book here. 

Plaque to achievement


Plaque to achievement

Belle Vue: Showground of the World. A project that includes a major new exhibition remembering and celebrating Belle Vue Zoological Gardens. Every day of the Festival. Book here.

1840s Manchester: The Key Decade. Lively and entertaining talk by Confidential Editor, Jonathan Schofield, about the personalities and events that shaped the city's most signficant decade. Sunday 23 March. Book here.

Manchester From Kersal Moor


Manchester From Kersal Moor

Peterloo 2019.  Discussion with Dr Robert Poole and Dave Haslam about how Peterloo might be marked in the city with the two hundredth anniversary five years away. Wednesday 26 March. Book here.

Godlee Observatory Tour. A tour of one of Manchester’s wonderful and infrequented interiors. Thursday 27 March. Book here.




History of Granada Television.  A talk from Stephen Kelly and Judith Jones about the significance of the TV stattion to British and international broadcasting. Saturday 29 March. Book here.

MHF Celebration Day. Bringing together nearly 90 histories and heritage organisations and providing exhibition stands, games, film screenings, performances and talks at Albert Square and in the Friends Meeting House. Saturday 29 March. 

Claire Turner, MHF Director, says of the event: “The number and diversity of events in this year’s festival demonstrates how important the histories and heritage of Greater Manchester are to its people, and we’re delighted to be working with a number of new partners this year. We hope that it inspires people to find out more about the unique and fascinating histories of the city region.”

The full Manchester Histories Festival programme will be announced on Friday 28 February 2014 at manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk.


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