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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.
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An afternoon of tea, cakes and oral history

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

History as they say is written by the winners and all too often not by the people who actually helped make it happen. This is why it’s become increasingly important for oral history to be recognised as a viable source of untold stories and perspectives that would otherwise be lost over time.

An afternoon of memories and cake!

An afternoon of memories and cake!

Our first Oral History event took place on 27th March

where a group of us fought the cold to come together and recollect how our beloved Northern Quarter has changed over the years. Some of us had only been in Manchester for six months, others for decades but we all had some unique story to tell, some unique fact that no one else would have known.


Oral History Afternoon Tea

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Oral History Afternoon Tea

Oral History Afternoon Tea

Title: Oral History Afternoon tea
Location: MadLab
Date: 27-03-2013
Start Time: 14:00
End Time: 16:00
Booking: register here 

Calling all residents of the Northern Quarter, past and present – we want to hear your stories!

MadLab is taking part in a nationwide Heritage Lottery Fund event, exploring the industrial heritage of the Northern Quarter (formerly St. Paul’s).

If your family has lived in the area at any time from the 19th Century to now, you can contribute to this amazing project.

All contributions are welcome, whether you have memories of shopping trips on Oldham Street or in the market, stories of great-relatives working in the weavers’ cottages or reminiscences of playing along Tib Street.

This is a unique opportunity to preserve local history for generations to come. Your personal memories and stories are very important because they are unlikely to have been documented. Do feel free to bring photographs or memorabilia with you to share with your neighbours.

Come down to MadLab on March 27 for afternoon tea and a trip down memory lane.

Professional audio archivist Amanda Belantara will be at MadLab from 2pm to 5pm to record your words for posterity.

This event is one strand of several activities leading up to a celebration of Northern Quarter heritage – The Ghosts of St Paul’s.

The Ghosts of St Paul’s is a Victorian penny blood dragged screaming back to life in the 21st Century. Inspired not only by the spectacular machinery of the mid-Victorian stage, but by the clandestine technologies of the peep show and backstreet penny gaff theatre, the phantasmagoria and the golden age of stage magic, the imagineers and technologists of MadLab will raise the ghosts of the Northern Quarter to walk the streets again, telling their stories in a vivid and unique after-dark event.

You don’t need to book in advance and can turn up on the afternoon. But if you’d like to know more, please email

Amanda Belantara is co-founder of art collective Kinokophone.
Kinokophone collects and composes sounds, stories and imagery from around the world. They are an artist collective, producing installations, sound for documentary films, oral history projects and music.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund

This project is supported by an All Our Stories grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
All Our Stories, a brand-new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story. It 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.