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Historic Pools of Britain: can we save them?

July 30, 2016 Comments Off on Historic Pools of Britain: can we save them?

It is called Manchester’s Water Palace but even that undersells it.

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The winners of the Wilmot Cup in 1950, Benny Casofsky, Leslie Cohen and Hymie Lurie.

Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

July 9, 2016 Comments Off on Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

“We tried to make it look like your mum putting on a celebratory show in her living room cabinet,” says Alexandra Cropper, curator of Chess in Shorts – Table Tennis and Growing Up in Jewish Manchester

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Purring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

July 7, 2016 Comments Off on Purring: the mysterious history of Clog Fighting

Purring – Sport of The People explores the lost histories of clog fighting. The artist Anna FC Smith writes for Northern Soul about the genesis of the show (currently at The Whitaker in Rossendale) and what visitors can expect. 

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Betty Tebbs

Betty Tebbs: a lifelong activist for peace, workers’ rights and equality

July 2, 2016 Comments Off on Betty Tebbs: a lifelong activist for peace, workers’ rights and equality

In an unassuming Manchester suburb there’s a living room with a piece of furniture you’re unlikely to find anywhere else. It’s a lamp made from a Greenham Common section of fencing. It belongs to lifelong equality activist and peace campaigner, Betty Tebbs.

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Old Low Light by Phil Pounder

Beyond the Glass Case: Old Low Light, North Shields

June 15, 2016 Comments Off on Beyond the Glass Case: Old Low Light, North Shields

The Old Low Light sits on the spot where North Shields began many centuries ago. It is the oldest surviving, occupied building on the Fish Quay and started life as a lighthouse, leading mariners safely into the River Tyne. Centre manager Pearl Saddington writes for Northern Soul about its transformation into a thriving heritage centre and there’s a gorgeous photo gallery by our North East Photographer, Phil Pounder.

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Folken: civic identity, philanthropy and creating the cities we want to live in

June 13, 2016 Comments Off on Folken: civic identity, philanthropy and creating the cities we want to live in

Liverpool feels like it’s on the cusp of change, the growth of grassroots movements, of shifting and changing sands, this explosion in the number of micro businesses.

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Manchester Histories Festival

Review: Gentry Families of Greater Manchester in The North, Manchester Histories Festival

June 5, 2016 Comments Off on Review: Gentry Families of Greater Manchester in The North, Manchester Histories Festival

“The North West has always been regarded by the South East of England as remote and slightly backward.”

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Preview: Manchester Histories Festival 2016

May 23, 2016 Comments Off on Preview: Manchester Histories Festival 2016

When you think of a history festival, what comes to mind? Simon Schama waxing lyrical on 17th century Dutch culture? A walking tour of medieval churches? Or an exhibition showcasing Roman Empire pottery shards?

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Somme 100 Pals: a National Commemoration in Manchester

May 1, 2016 Comments Off on Somme 100 Pals: a National Commemoration in Manchester

Everyone has heard of the Battle of the Somme, the battle which symbolises the horrors of warfare in the First World War. 

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liverpool lambs

Liverpool Lambs: Untold Stories From the Easter Rising

March 28, 2016 Comments Off on Liverpool Lambs: Untold Stories From the Easter Rising

One hundred years ago, almost every family in Britain knew the heartache of waving men off to battle.

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