Wednesday 8th June – Sunday 12th June 2022
'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
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.