Manchester Histories

Manchester Histories is an award-winning charity that works collaboratively to reveal, share and celebrate Greater Manchester’s diverse histories and heritage. We connect people to explore the past and shape the future. Our projects and events include the biennial Manchester Histories Festival. Manchester Histories Hub is located in Manchester Central Libray. A place to explore the rich histories & heritage of Greater Manchester. Manchester Histories CEO is the chair of the HiDDEN network.

  • Youtube
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
52151024370_ed253d33f0_k.jpg

Chetham's Library

Founded in 1653 Chetham's library is believed to be the oldest public library in the English-speaking world, and is housed in a well-preserved medieval college. The entire collection has been designated as one of national and international importance and you can explore this treasure  in the heart of Manchester. As well as early printed books, the collections include a wealth of ephemera, manuscript diaries, letters, deeds, prints and paintings!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
IMG_3959.JPG

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Elizabeth Gaskell's House in Manchester was the home of the famous author and her family. Her novels include Mary Barton, Cranford, North and South, Ruth and Wives and Daughters and are enjoyed on television, stage and radio. This beautifully restored home is now open to the public. It has spectacular period rooms and garden and a tea room for visitors to enjoy. There is also a programme of special activities.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • TripAdvisor
Screenshot 2022-09-01 at 11.53.11.png

Greater Manchester Police Museum

Explore Manchester's hidden past - an eerie underworld, where police officers were kept busy apprehending unsavoury characters of all ages. The Greater Manchester Police Museum and Archives enables you to experience what life was like for these officers. Come and see our 1879 Police Station, visit the cells and stand in a real Victorian Magistrates court!

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
gmp.jpg

Heaton Park Tramway

The Manchester Transport Museum Society Ltd is a registered charity, set up in the early 1960s as the Manchester Transport Historical Collection. The key project the group took on was the restoration of Manchester single deck California car 765. Having rescued the tram from the moors above Huddersfield, it was taken to the tramway museum at Crich in Derbyshire, where early restoration work took place. Further restoration was undertaken in Manchester and the restored car returned to Crich, operating for a couple of seasons.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
heaton park.jpeg

Manchester Jewish Museum

Manchester Jewish Museum is a place to experience how we are different, together. They share the stories of Jewish Manchester with the world. Located on Cheetham Hill Road, one of the most culturally diverse areas in Manchester, the newly redeveloped museum includes a brand new gallery, vegetarian café, shop and learning studio & kitchen as well as complete restoration of its beloved Grade II* listed 1874 synagogue.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
  • TripAdvisor
MJM Joel Chester Fildes, 13 June 2021_JCF5873_edited.jpg

Museum of Transport

Discover Greater Manchester's public road transport history with the Museum of Transport. Take a trip back in time with one of Britain's biggest collections of restored buses, coaches and trams. From a Victorian horse drawn bus to the prototype Metrolink tram, see and sit in fascinating vehicles that took Greater Manchester folk to work, shops and outings to the coast and the countryside.

  • Youtube
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
transport.jpg

The Pankhurst Centre

The Pankhurst Centre is the former home of Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel, Sylvia and Adela and is the first place where the meetings of the WSPU, later known as the Suffragette movement, was held in october 1903. The Centre now houses a small museum/Heritage Centre which remains as a legacy to the Pankhurst family and the Suffragette movement, and is open to all.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
pank.jpg

The Portico Library

One of Manchester’s longest-running institutions, the Portico is a subscription library and newsroom whose historic collection of over 25,000 books and archives spans over 450 years. Alongside our members’ services, everyone is welcome to enjoy our free exhibitions; take part in our events and workshops; dine in our cafe; discover our history; and immerse themselves in our beautiful Regency-period building.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
The+Portico+LIbrary+gallery.jpeg

Victoria Baths

Visit Victoria Baths to experience rich architecture, unique arts events, stories of swimming, love, laughter and triumph. Create your own memories in this inspirational Grade II listed building, that served the community for 86 years and is still being returned to its former glory. Discover rich terracotta, decorative stained glass, and sumptuous tiles and mosaics as you step inside.

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
izz-r-_E00W7RfMak-unsplash.jpg

Working Class Movement Library

Working people have always struggled to get their voices heard. The Working Class Movement Library records over 200 years of organising and campaigning by ordinary men and women. The collection provides a rich insight into working people's daily lives as well as their thoughts, hopes, fears and the roles they played in the significant events of their time.

  • Youtube
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Instagram
wcml_outside2.jpg