Residents encouraged to uncover the rich history of their local areas

  • Wednesday 10 May 2023

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From heritage walks and historical talks, there’s plenty of events happening in libraries across the city for Local and Community History Month.

Manchester Central Library and Manchester Histories Hub will be hosting a number of events throughout may to educate local communities on the historical secrets of the city. Local and Community history month, part of the Historical Association, is a unique opportunity for residents old and new to engage with historians and uncover the history of their local area.  

Manchester Central Library will be hosting a number of events this month, encouraging people to uncover more about the rich local heritage of Manchester.  

 Manchester Histories Salon 

Organised in collaboration with the Royal Northern College of Music and Manchester Music Heritage. Residents are invited to join archivist Heather Roberts to hear the extraordinary narrative of Manchester’s  music heritage and learn about Manchester’s iconic music identity.  

From immigrant merchants to Madchester, from the cheap seats to raves in fields, our city’s musical identity is a part of a single, extraordinary narrative. Pick up one of these threads with Heather and follow the story of Manchester’s music.  

The event will take place on Wednesday 17 May 2023 in the Manchester Histories Hub in Manchester Central Library and will be online.  

To book a slot, visit:  

Heritage Walks  

Manchester Histories Hub have teamed up with Invisible (Manchester) to offer two free heritage walks across the city. The council invite all residents to book a slot on the famous tours whilst tickets are still available.  

On 23 May, residents can book a spot with Nic on his Wonderwalk through Manchester, enjoying maps of the city’s illustrious history and delving into Manchester’s stellar cultural History. Nic’s tour starts at 1pm. 

On 30 May, Andy from Invisible Manchester will be leading eager historians on tour of the city and its famous venues. His tour will focus on Manchester's history from music, the suffragettes, football, Peterloo and Little Ireland. Andy’s Tour starts at 2pm.  

All tours will start and finish on the front steps of Manchester Central Library and after the walks, people will be invited into the library to continue their historical conversations.  

To book a spot, whilst they’re still available, please email with the tour you are interested in.  

Numbers are limited. Both tours last roughly two hours. 

Please note Andy’s tour discusses themes of drinking and alcohol but there is no drinking whilst on the tour.  

For more information on Local and Community History Month please visit:  

Manchester Libraries is excited to launch rate books for the boroughs which now make up Greater Manchester available for free on Findmypast at all Manchester Libraries. These sources, which locate families at addresses from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s, can be crucial for tracing family history between and after the census years.  


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