Diary Dates for June 2022

Manchester Histories Festival 2018 DRU0005 preview

Wednesday 8th June – Sunday 12th June 2022

'Manchester Histories Festival

Manchester Histories Festival

Manchester Histories is an award-winning charity that works collaboratively to reveal, share and celebrate Greater Manchester’s diverse histories and heritage.

We are delighted to be returning to Manchester Central Library – the most visited library in the UK, and home to a new permanent hub for Manchester Histories. Throughout the festival, the library will play host to a series of events featuring talks from environmental activists and academics, as well as performances from theatre groups and a talk from Manchester Histories Patron, David Adetayo Olusoga OBE.


Saturday 18th June

' Women and Politics - Kate Green MP 

Trailblazers! Women of Greater Manchester is promoting the commemoration of other women in Greater Manchester who haven’t been honoured with statues. The free event on Saturday 18 June, will include the first Margaret Ashton Memorial Lecture to be given by Kate Green MP on Women and Politics. Booking is encouraged but all are welcome on the day:



Friday 28th June

'The Tears Wept by our Windows '  - Alison Gilchrist

St. Martins Heritage Trust,  Marple

Illustrated lecture in church at 7.30 pm

Alison Gilchrist, conservation specialist since 2011 at Barley Studio, York (one of Britain’s leaders in ‘design and mastery in stained glass’), describes her work restoring Victorian stained glass.

The Heritage Trust first came into contact with Barley Studio, of York, in 2018 through a chance personal connection. Discovering that Barley Studio held a very high (perhaps the highest) place among British stained glass workshops, the Trust commissioned a condition report on all the stained glass at St Martin’s (delivered January 2019). This was carried out by Alison Gilchrist, who has continued to advise us and has visited St Martin’s several times. Her MA thesis, on ‘“The tears wept by our windows”: severe paint loss from stained glass windows of the mid-nineteenth century’ (2010) was pioneering work, and we look forward to hearing her updating and enlarging on her research.

Visit the Cotton Famine Road

Cotton Famine RoadLancashire Cotton Famine Road

You may have watched a programme on 29th June on BBC4, called ‘Black and British: a Forgotten History’, presented by the historian David Olusoga, which focussed on the supportive relationship between the mill workers of Rochdale and enslaved Africans in the American South, and featured  ‘Cotton Famine Road’.  This was a road improvement project, running for a mile and a half across Rooley Moor, on the outskirts of Rochdale,  from Catley Lane Head Village to Ding Quarry, devised by the Poor Law Guardians to provide paid work for unemployed and impoverished cotton workers during the ‘Cotton Famine’ of 1861-65.

Read more: Visit the Cotton Famine Road 

Apart from meetings......

Please note that, though every effort is made, the society cannot be held responsible for the accuracy of the information below, alas the compositor is only too human.  Please check via websites etc.

TV and Radio Listing

A  list of BBC TV & Radio history and related programmes for the week, provided by the BBC History Magazine on-line, can be found here.

This includes the BBC radio and television programmes along with those on commercial television.

History Extra podcast comes out every week,  the website.

Some of Manchester's Museums

In view of the ongoing Coronavirus situation, with regard to museums and galleries, please check the websites below to see information on possible opening dates.

John Rylands Library

John Rylands Library

Imperial War Museum North

 Details on the museum's opening times, exhibition etc on the IWMN website.

Peoples History Museum

Details on the museum's exhibitions on the People's Museum website.

Manchester Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)

The museum's present 'What's on' section can be found here MOSI website.

Manchester Museums List ( Manchester City Council Website)

A list of museums and galleries from the Manchester City Council website.