Monday, 24 March 2014

Manchester Histories Festival 2014

“Manchester Histories Festival is for people who like history and people who think they don’t.” - Claire Turner, Festival Director

Saturday 29th March sees the celebration day of another successful Manchester Histories Festival (MHF). Once again the Together Trust will be joining with 90 other organisations at the Town Hall to display the history of Manchester.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Transforming Manchester Central Library

‘Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom, and with all thy getting get understanding’. Proverbs 4:7

For the last four months we have had to suspend our genealogy service to the public. As regular readers of this blog will know we have a whole wealth of information on the young people who came under the care of the Together Trust. Our earlier material (that is no longer under the constrictions of the Data Protection Act) is available to family historians to construct the lives of their ancestors. In the next few weeks this research service will be available again.

Construction of Manchester Central Library, early 1930’s*

Thursday, 6 March 2014

St. Ann's Ragged School

“Such was the acorn from which sprang the magnificent tree of philanthropic growth, which now casts the branching shadows of its saving agencies far and wide over this great city wherever sorrowful outcasts are to be found.” Manchester Courier, 28 June 1902

I’m veering off topic a little today and looking into a building connected with the Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes, but not one under its jurisdiction. In fact it’s a very important little building that lies just off the main road off Deansgate on Queen’s Street. It catered for ragged children in the area in the nineteenth century, providing free education and often their main meal for the day. 

Location of Queen Street Ragged School