Charlie Booth takes on Hidden Histories

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We are happy to announce that Charlie Booth, as associate curator of Wewiora Projects has recently been appointed the new Community Engagement Manager at Manchester Histories.

She will be working on Manchester Histories HLF funded project Hidden Histories Hidden Histories until the end of the year on behalf of Wewiora Projects. The project will see Manchester Histories working with communities across Greater Manchester with the aim of revealing less familiar histories and heritage; that is to say, the histories of the people, buildings, families, communities and places that make up our lives. These histories can become ‘hidden’ because they are not always recorded; nevertheless, these important social histories often shape us and the places we live.

Since the beginning of the year Manchester Histories has been working with five community groups, plus, with the help of experts, also developing an informative series of toolkits that will to equip anybody with the skills they need to begin researching and creating their own archives. You can get involved in the project by attending any of the free workshops, designed to develop skills from managing your own archive to collecting oral histories. To book on to these workshops please check out Manchester Histories website.

Charlie’s role will be to coordinate the later stages of this project in to an exhibition that will take place in Manchester Central Library in November. The exhibition is within the Archives+ section of the Library on the ground floor. It is an interactive display where visitors can access the records, photographs and archives of Greater Manchester including the personal archives belonging to the five community groups Manchester Histories have worked with.

Please join Charlie and the Manchester Histories team at their celebration event on Saturday the 11th November at Central Library. Make sure to follow Manchester Histories online at www.manchesterhistoriesfestival.org.uk for more information on the event and the project as it is announced.

Image C. University of Manchester Archives
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