Manchester Histories Festival Programme of Events

 

3rd - 12th June 2016

www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk

 

 

 

Tuesday 1st -12th June                       

 

ANGEL MEADOW THEN & NOW PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

 

An exhibition of images taken in around Angel Meadow will run in the back room of the Marble Arch Pub.

 

Images will be sourced from MCC and Co-operative Group archives, Photojournalist Aidan O'Rourke and recent shots by FOAM members.

 

Saturday 4th June

 

ANGEL MEADOW HISTORIES DAY

 

10.30am               WALK: ARCHAEOLOGY AROUND ANGEL MEADOW

Dr Ian Miller is Assistant Head of Archaeology at Salford University. He will lead an archaeology walk around Angel Meadow highlighting the sites of recent digs connected to the Co-operative NOMA scheme and the findings from workers' housing excavations and Richard Arkwright's Shudehill Mill.

The walk starts from Popup Bikes Manchester and they have kindly offered free bike parking. TICKETED.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/angel-meadow-guided-archaeology-walk-tickets-24839925887

 

11am                      WALK:: ANGEL MEADOW- VICTORIAN BRITAIN'S MOST SAVAGE SLUM

 

Emma Fox of Manchester Guided Tours and Dean Kirby author of best selling Angel Meadow book will explore Victorian Britain's Most Savage Slum. TICKETED.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/angel-meadow-victorian-britains-most-savage-slum-walking-tour-tickets-25696298320

 

12.00pm               TALK: THE MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS- JAMES SADLER

Comedy telling of James Sadler how an uneducated Oxford pastry cook became the first Englishman to fly, in a self-built balloon powered by primitive, and potentially lethal, hydrogen with Richard O Smith.

FREE tickets available on the day. Repeated at 3pm

                                http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-light-hearted-look-at-the-history-of-james-sadler-tickets-                                                                    25699685451?utm_term=eventname_text

1pm                       TALK: BURYING MANCHESTER'S POOR- OLD BURIAL GROUND AT ANGEL MEADOW

Learn more about the history of the burial ground and how you can add to your family tree research. John Marsden is the Chairman of Manchester and Lancashire Family History Society. He has a particular interest in the history of Manchester's burial grounds and is author of the book 'Forgotten Fields', which reveals the history of the burial grounds in the old township of Manchester. 

An additional 20 FREE tickets available on the day.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-old-burial-ground-at-angel-meadow-tickets-25227277466

2pm                       TALK: RAGGED SCHOOLS OF ANGEL MEADOW

Simon Ward is a passionate Manchester historian and an active member of Friends of Angel Meadow (FOAM). This talk will look at how The Ragged School movement led to the 1870 Education Act and State funding of universal education. This fascinating history takes us from basket weaving, badminton and bombs to Suffragettes and Coronation Street.

An additional 20 FREE tickets available on the day.

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ragged-schools-of-angel-meadow-tickets-25227789999?aff=es2

2pm                       ST. MICHAEL'S BELL RINGING CEREMONY

Following demolition of St. Michael's & All Angels Church in 1933, its iron bell was recast for St. Gabriel's Church Prestwich and includes a dedication. FOAM have acquired a recording with the intention of "ringing the bell" in Angel Meadow for the first time in 83 years.

The historic footprint of the Church will be marked out temporarily for the festival and the rector and parishioners of St. Gabriel's will perform a short service.

FREE. Meet at the Angel Street entrance to Angel Meadow.

 

2.30pm                 WALK: ANGEL MEADOW- VICTORIAN BRITAIN'S MOST SAVAGE SLUM

 

Emma Fox of Manchester Guided Tours and Dean Kirby author of best selling Angel Meadow book will explore Victorian Britain's Most Savage Slum. TICKETED.

 

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/angel-meadow-victorian-britains-most-savage-slum-walking-tour-tickets-25233756846?aff=es2

3pm                       TALK: THE MAN WITH HIS HEAD IN THE CLOUDS-JAMES SADLER

                               Comedy telling of James Sadler how an uneducated Oxford pastry cook became the                                      first Englishman to fly, in a self-built balloon powered by primitive, and potentially                                      lethal, hydrogen with Richard O Smith.

                               FREE tickets available on the day.

                               http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/a-light-hearted-look-at-the-history-of-james-sadler-tickets-                                                                    25699685451?utm_term=eventname_text

9pm                       SUPPER WITH THE DEAD

 

Artist Simon Buckley Not Quite Light  will film a dusk event with photography, history, music and poetry in the park for Periscope TV. Industrial Revolution-inspired food and drink will be available (laudanum optional!). FREE.

 

Talks will take place at the Co-operative's Sadler's Yard where the monthly GRUB Event will host a histories-themed programme of events. 

Toilets facilities will be available there. Food, drink and live music will take place until 8pm.

               

 

Sunday 5th June

 

4pm                       ANGEL MEADOW PHOTOGRAPHY AND WALKING TOUR 

 

Emma Fox of Manchester Guided Tours will explore Angel Meadow with shocking stories of the unimaginable squalor and brutality endured in one of the country's worst 19th century slums.

                                These nightmarish stories will be juxtaposed with artist Simon Buckley showing his                                    atmospheric half light photographs taken recently at dawn. Simon's project Not Quite                                    Light "uses the half light of dawn and dusk as a metaphor for transition".

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/angel-meadow-photography-and-walking-tour-tickets-25347063750?aff=ebrowse

 

 

Monday 6th June

 

8pm                       MARBLE ARCH QUIZ: FRIENDS OF ANGEL MEADOW TAKE-OVER

The weekly Marble Arch quiz will be themed around all things Angel Meadow! Rob's inimitable quiz style is unparalleled in its wit and sheer quizzicality. Up for grabs is a gallon of ale (under 5.5% abv) and a cash rollover!

http://www.marblebeers.com/marble-arch/

NB. No specific knowledge of local history or the Angel Meadow area is required.

No need to book. Entry- £1 per player.

 

 

Friday 10th June

 

11.30am              VICTORIAN SLUMS & SQUALOR WITH MANCHESTER TOUR GUIDE SIBBY

                      Angel Meadow and the Irk Valley were infamous in Victorian times - cholera, crime,                       vice, vermin and death were an everyday occurrence.

                      Sibby is a member of Manchester Guided Tours, the largest group of professionally                       qualified Blue and Green Badge Tour Guides working across Manchester and the                          whole North West region.

 

Saturday 11th June

 

The following talks will take place at Manchester Town Hall as part of the wider Manchester Histories Festival.

 

11am                     ANGEL MEADOW: VICTORIAN BRITAIN'S MOST SAVAGE SLUM WITH AUTHOR DEAN KIRBY

When Manchester was the powerhouse of the Industrial Revolution, this violent and disease-ridden area of just 33 squalid acres was home to 30,000 workers, many of them Irish immigrants, who struggled for survival in a condition so brutalising that it was described by Karl Marx’s patron Friedrich Engels as “hell upon earth”.

                                http://www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk/whatson/angel-meadow-victorian-savage-                                                        slum#.V0gxDHBp42I.twitter

 

1pm                       DETECTIVE JEROME CAMINADA WITH AUTHOR ANGELA BUCKLEY

Born to immigrant parents in the slums of 19th century Manchester, Jerome Caminada overcame the odds to become one of the city's finest detectives. A master of disguise and an expert in deduction, Detective Caminada pursued notorious criminals through the seedy streets of Manchester's underworld.

Angela Buckley is a crime writer and author. The Real Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Story of Jerome Caminada was her first published book.

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/jerome-caminada-tickets-25447940475