This edition is published in collaboration with students at Cedar Mount Academy (CMA) in Gorton. Brought together through Dr Kerry Pimblott’s AHRC-funded project, ‘Grassroots Struggles, Global Visions: British Black Power, 1964-1985’, we have been working with these students to think about ‘hidden histories’ of Manchester. Following talks and workshops, the students at CMA have produced a selection of exciting articles for the edition: relating to topics from Olive Morris’s revolutionary political work in Manchester to the dark history of our city’s abandoned train tunnels. Together, their articles highlight themes of race, empire, class and culture. It is these themes which will frame this collaborative edition. 

The prompts below reflect these themes and provide a few examples of Manchester’s history which might be ‘hidden’. As this edition seeks to highlight ‘hidden histories’, we strongly encourage article suggestions that are not on this list. Particularly, those relating to research or reading encountered outside of the academy. Submissions from students outside of the history department are more than welcome. :) 

Articles can be 450 or 900 words and you do not need to include references or sources.  Don’t think of it as a lot of extra work!  Please email manchesterhistorian@gmail.com to reserve/suggest an article title, along with a brief plan of its content before 11pm on Sunday 30th April.  The final deadline for article submissions is 11pm on Sunday 7th May.

Kerry and Sarah 

Migration:

  • We welcome any pieces on the collective resilience of migrant communities, e.g.: the Black Women’s Mutual Aid Group; Abasibdi Co-operative.
  • The Windrush and Manchester.
  • We welcome articles about any areas or particular groups that were displaced during slum clearances. [Reserved]
  • Fighting Fascists in Cheetham Hill: Radical Jewish anti-fascism in North Manchester. [Reserved]
  • A look into the Manchester Jewish Hospital or other Jewish spaces in Manchester.
  • The SS Andora Star: A transporter ship which was sunk by a German War ship whilst carrying interned Anglo-Italians and Anglo-Germans. There were 805 fatalities- many of whom were from Manchester. [Reserved]
  • Black Manchester pre-1900. 
  • South-Asian Migration to Manchester, or ‘twice migrants’ African-Asian migration to Manchester.
  • Community and Physical Space: The evolution of ‘China-Town’. [Reserved]

Race and Empire:

  • Statue Toppling before Colston: e.g., toppling of Willam Huskingson statue in the Moss Side Riots.
  • Manchester Cotton and the Slave Trade.
  • Manchester’s Museums and Colonial Artifacts. [Reserved]
  • Colonialism and the Art Treasures Exhibition 1857. [Reserved]
  • The Colour Bar in Manchester (either in workplaces, housing, education or other spaces).
  • Articles on Mancunians involved in the slave trade or empire.
  • Liverpool vs Manchester on coming to terms with dark pasts.
  • Links between the University and Slavery (could look at John Owens and John Rylands for example). [Reserved]
  • The 50th Anniversary of the Manchester Caribbean Carnival.
  • The 1960s Campaign Against Racial Discrimination Group’s activities in Manchester.
  • ​​An article on the important work of the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre. [Reserved]

Labour History:

  • Women and the Swing Riots or in the Luddite Movement.
  • Mancunian Cotton Workers and the American Civil War.
  • Manchester during the General Strike.
  • Equity strike 1961: In which Coronation Street was left with just 14 characters after all actors on precarious contracts went on strike.
  • Something on the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) or Social & Political Union (WSPU) in Manchester. [Reserved]
  • Mary Fildes and female reformers in Manchester/at Peterloo. [Reserved]
  • The cooperative movement in Manchester: could focus on solidarity, food, community or politics.
  • Cellar dwelling in Manchester and Salford.

Culture & Space:

  • Red Issue and Imagining Futures of Football in Manchester.
  • Queerness and the Hacienda (or other clubs). [Reserved]
  • DPAC and ADAPT activism in the city (e.g. when in 1991 they blocked an inaccessible bus on Wilmslow Road).
  • Inside the Clarion Café or other working-class cultural spaces.
  • Beat Clubs and The Manchester Corporation Act 1965. [Reserved]
  • The City of Manchester Plan and re-imaging modern Manchester: the Picc-Vic Tunnel, the City Centre Heliport or the Mancunian Way and Oxford Road’s Floating Walkways. 
  • A look at Chorlton-Upon-Medlock pre-clearances. [Reserved]
  • Grass Eye and Mole Express: music magazines and radical local politics in 1960s/1970s Manchester. [Reserved]
  • Something on The Reno.
  • Irish republicanism and Mancunian culture (Could be music culture (songs like Wings by The Fall) or on pubs or cultural spaces).

Events:

  • The Battle of Bexley Square.
  • ‘I am a free man on Sunday’- Rambling, Freedom and the Kinder Scout Mass Tresspass. [Reserved]
  • Preston Strike of 1842. [Reserved]
  • The 1934 Wiredrawers Strike.
  • Sarah Parker Remond’s Tour of Britain.
  • Fifth Pan-African Congress 1945.

Book and Film Reviews:

  • Thirsty Scholars: A Celebration of Hulme, by Tina Cribbin and Anne Finegann.
  • A Bolton Childhood, by Alice Foley (Active member of the Amalgamated Weavers Union).
  • Cheetham to Cordoba, by Maurice Levine (Autobiography of an International Brigader from Cheetham Hill).
  • AFRO SOLO UK: 39 Life Stories of African life in Greater Manchester 1920 – 1960, by SuAndi.
  • We are Born to Survive (1995), dir. by Paul Henley Paul Okojie.