Manchester’s hidden histories to be revealed for the first time

Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians is a multi-media exhibition by five community groups from across Greater Manchester who have explored their own hidden histories; taking them on a journey to becoming historians.

Thanks to support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Manchester Histories has worked with the Oldham Youth Council, Manchester People First, M13 Youth Project, The Inspire Centre, and FC United with Sporting Memories over the past 6-months as part of the Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians project. With the help of experts, the groups have been delving in to their own histories and archives; selecting photographs, recording oral history interviews and filming documentary videos to form a fascinating exhibition, before their research enters the permanent Archives+ collection housed at Manchester Central Library.

The Archives+ collection includes a huge amount of archive material relating to the history of the City of Manchester, its organisations, buildings and people and the work of these groups means that future generations will be able to get an insight into their lives and stories.

Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians exhibition will be open to visitors at Archives+ in Manchester Central Library from 11th November 2017 until 31st January 2018.

Karen Shannon, CEO Manchester Histories, said: "Important histories and heritage of the diverse communities of Greater Manchester are often lost or go unrecognised. Through our Hidden Histories, Hidden Historians project we have tried to address this by equipping people with the skills, support and confidence to tell their own stories, and preserving them at Archives+ for everyone to explore.

“We hope that the groups we have worked with will use their newfound skills to continue to tell their stories so that future generations can have an insight into the lives of people today.”

For anyone inspired by the exhibition and who wants to begin their own journey into researching an area of history that is of interest to them, Manchester Histories have created an informative set of toolkits that can be downloaded from the Manchester Histories website for free. Ranging from starting a historical research project, to recording oral histories, creating and managing archives, and evaluating your project.  Each of the toolkits has been written by an expert and is packed with top tips.

Do you have a hidden history to share? Join in by sharing your memories and photos with Manchester Histories via Twitter on @mcrhistfest

Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant