Manchester Voices – Interactive Exhibition at Central Library

23 Jun 2017 — 31 Aug 2017
Manchester Central Library



Your local library is about a lot more than just borrowing books. LibraryLive is Manchester Central Library’s cultural programme, where unexpected, sociable and stimulating things happen.

Part of LibraryLive, Manchester Voices is free exhibition investigating and celebrating the accents, dialects, and people of Greater Manchester.

It looks at the ways in which our use of language makes us who we are and explores perceptions of the way we speak across the region. Following a successful tour of the ten boroughs in our Accent Van, we are launching an interactive exhibition where you can hear voices from across the region and listen to people talking about themselves and their communities, the way they speak, and their sense of local and regional identity.

There will be various spaces and installations telling the story of our findings so far, including interactive map displays and audio/video clips. Visitors will be invited to add their own voices to the project.

Alongside the traditional library activities and author readings, talks, writer workshops, Manchester Central Library plays host to gigs, film nights, live performances, open-mic evenings and creative courses. Some events take inspiration from the Library architecture, ambience and special collections, whilst others will simply be part of Manchester’s enviable year-round events and festivals calendar, programmed by local artists, performers and producers.


Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant