Thursday, 1 June 2017

Deep Pockets and Dirty Faces at Manchester Central Library

The Together Trust is pleased to announce that some of the work from its Deep Pockets and Dirty Faces project is now on display at Manchester Central Library. Costumes, artwork and material from the archive is on display within the exhibition area and audio clips and images can be viewed on the Library’s digital screens. 

Costumes on display in the Reading Room

The display contains artwork created by young people from the Together Trust around the children who were emigrated from Manchester to Canada. After learning about some of their stories the young people did a number of artwork pieces, from big pictures that represented each of the children from the case studies, to smaller pictures exploring other people who might have lived at the time.

The display cases also show some archive material not previously exhibited before from the charity. They show information about Marchmont Home, including an indenture between the Home and farmer, a list of rules for the Home and a certificate of consent for emigration. The exhibition also includes a photograph album taken of children already resident in Canada in 1894.

Display case on the ground floor of Manchester Central Library
You can also see more about the project on the digital screens that are located on the ground floor of the Library. There are already two screens here that contain information about the charity. One tells the story of the Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes and the other gives information on one of the charity’s services, the Summer Camp, in Birkdale.

Added to this is now material from the Deep Pockets and Dirty Faces project. It shows photographs from the archive and stories about some of the children who emigrated to Canada. These include audio snaps, recorded by young people from the charity who have studied their histories. It allows the public to hear about the journeys through the mouths of young people today.     

Digital screens at Manchester libraries
So if you are in Manchester over the next month and fancy taking a closer look at some of our exhibition, please visit Manchester Central Library and let us know what you think.

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