Posts Tagged ‘Oral History’

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.


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…)