Friday, 25 November 2011

Famous connections

Strolling through the streets of Manchester yesterday I soon found myself outside House of Fraser on Deansgate. The building has been a large department store since 1835 when Thomas Kendal, James Milne and Adam Faulkner bought the shop. It has traded under various names before becoming part of the House of Fraser chain in 2005, but is still known to most Mancunians’ as Kendal Milne. The sight of the building got me thinking about our own connection to one of these famous families, the Milnes, and how they have contributed to the charity’s history…   

Belmont House in the 1950s


Tuesday, 22 November 2011

If you go down to the mines today....

Today we are moving away from the history of the Together Trust to have a look at some of the work being done by the charity to ensure its records are being protected for the future. So how do we do this? By going down the mines…

All dressed up.

Friday, 11 November 2011

Armistice Day

“This is no time for words. Our hearts are too full of gratitude to which no tongue can give adequate expression.” David Lloyd George, 11/11/1918 

So says another of our famous Mancunians, 93 years ago, on the 11th November 1918. As we wear our poppies with pride today, remembering those who fought for our country over the years, my mind wanders back to Manchester and the effects the ‘Great War’ had on its children.    

Poppy appeal

Monday, 7 November 2011

Big bangs, hot potatoes and fun!

On Saturday the Together Trust welcomed back its bonfire night to Schools Hill, where it had been missing for the last two years. The night was a great success; a huge bonfire, fairground rides and doughnuts galore, finished off with a pretty spectacular fireworks display. By the end of the night we came away feeling a little bit like we’d been to Glastonbury, due to the mud-soaked clothing and masses of people swarming round a field, but a good time was had by all. Thanks to all of you who turned up and supported us!


Thursday, 3 November 2011

The Caxton Brigade

There is never anything more satisfying to a researcher than the immortal words ‘out of copyright’. "Hurrah!" they think, "I can use this for any promotion I choose!"

And so a happy researcher comes to today’s ye olde story about the work of the Together Trust, settling on the tale of the Caxton Brigade.
Messenger Brigade outside the Children’s Shelter around 1910