Posts Tagged ‘Heritage Lottery Fund’

Oral history afternoon tea interviews

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Earlier this year we held an oral history afternoon tea, an event to share personal memories of the Northern Quarter with lashings of tea and scrumptious cake. The strangers who gathered become chatty over the refreshments, talking of personal stories and ones handed down through family lore. We held the discussion on the ground floor, where the topic of conversation jumped from Abraham Lincoln to the nascent African National Congress, American G.I.’s, seedy comic book stores, real silk, department stores and more.
getting to know each other
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Manchester goes to the V&A

Monday, May 20th, 2013

On one of the first warm days of the year (20th April), a delegation of intrepid Mancunians set off on a road trip to visit the Victoria and Albert (V&A) museum in London. This was the second museum (first was to the Museum of Science and Industry) visit for All Our Stories, and the first activity outside of Manchester.
Manchester at the V&A
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The Ghosts of St. Paul’s upcoming events

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Some of you might remember ‘Engels Night‘ held on 18th December last year, where tour guide Jonathan Schofield led a group of intrepid historians through Manchester, highlighting connections with the seedy and politically radical in the area of Manchester that they know so well. Check out some of the photos.

This event was part of our ongoing local history project, ‘Ghosts of St Paul’s', funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund as part of the ‘All Our Stories‘ initiative. The project aims to encourage interest and participation in local history and heritage and consists of a range of events during which we get to find out the untold history of the Northern Quarter.

 

We have some more exciting events exploring Manchester’s industrial heritage. Below is a list of upcoming events. (more…)

Ye Olde Hack Day

Saturday, March 16th, 2013
Ye Olde Hack Day

Ye Olde Hack Day

Location: MadLab
Description: Hackday – Victorian style!
Date:  04-05-2013
Start Time: 11:30
End Time: 18:00
Booking: Book a spot!










cycling manCatch the Victorian spirit of ingenious and fantastical mechanical invention by making a low-tech automaton controlled by cams, cogs and levers. There won’t be a microchip in sight!

Using pre-made components, participants will construct a basic crank and camshaft-powered mechanism. This skeletal mechanism is the experimental springboard to design and create an automaton powered by hand. It can be hacked around in any way – and more complex mechanisms built-on.

A variety of mechanical parts, construction and decorative materials will be provided. Please bring a bag of bits and pieces (nothing heavy though!). Tins, small boxes, odd little bits of wood, small old toys, curious found objects and old Xmas tree baubles – or anything that could be used to create whacky kinetic designs – are all good!

Creative ideas will most likely be sparked by playing around with the movements and harnessing their intrinsic characteristics. Fantasy, mischievousness and experimentation will be the order of the day.

About workshop leader Stephen Guy

Stephen has been involved with automata for many years, having first discovered them at Cabaret Mechanical Theatre when it had a permanent home in London’s Covent Garden.

He specialises in devising automata workshops for museums, science centres, colleges and schools – including London’s Science Museum, the V&A, the Design Museum – and of course Cabaret. He has run experimental mechanical theatre courses at Rose Bruford College, and co-founded Fire the Inventor to promote the culture of making.

His fascination with automata is rooted in the alliance of free artistic licence with the discipline of engineering, and the idea of machines as performers and entertainers. Best of all, he likes how – with a little ingenuity and an open mind – the simplest mechanisms can produce amazing results.

Check out one of his past workshops here.

Heritage Lottery FundYe Olde Hack Day is part of ‘The Ghosts of St Pauls’ – a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
All Our Stories is a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – and is designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups are carrying out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

Workers of Manchester – Past and Present

Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

Workers of Manchester - Past and Present


Title: Workers of Manchester – Past and Present
Location: MadLab
Description: MadLab Penny Theatre presents a night of films for your viewing entertainment.
Date: 05-04-2013
Start Time: 18:00
End Time: 21:00
Booking: Get your penny ticket – inflated to current rates





Come one, come all to the greatest show in the North!

Before Megaplexes, before the Hacienda – if you wanted a night out after toiling at the mills, you went to the Penny Gaff. With a high rate of poverty amongst the predominantly working classes, entertainment at the theatre (or early cinema) was impossible for most.

Thomass Whiteley Travelling Showman, 1910

To draw back the curtains into the past, for one night only, MadLab will be seeped in the inception and growth of early mass entertainment. Come down and enjoy a show with your fellow workers, while we put on a night of thrills and spills – of cotton bales and more.

Experience the thrills and excitement of two ‘moving pictures’ from the North West Film Archive accompanied by the musical talents of Sam (he’ll always play it again).

But that’s not all – history is nothing if we don’t learn from it. We’ll also be screening films made by local film groups using some of the footage from the North West Film Archive.

See our post about the short film challenge if you’d like to know more about submitting a film to the Penny Theatre roster.

Heritage Lottery FundWorkers of Manchester is a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, called The Ghosts of St Pauls. Stay tuned for further details. There will be discombobulations.

This project is supported by an ‘All Our Stories’ grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

All Our Stories, a brand new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story – has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.