Heritage Windows: Gtr Manchester businesses tell their stories for Manchester Histories Festival 2016

Manchester Histories Festival returns from the 3-12 June 2016, and shops and businesses across Greater Manchester are invited to get creative

Manchester Histories wants businesses to dress a window to tell the story of their business for passersby to see. It could reflect the heritage of their company, the building the business is based in, or the site on which the business now stands.

The displays could be of anything from objects, photographs, plans, and maps, to the stories of employees and customers, showcasing their links in the city. 

Ali Gunn from Fred Aldous said: “We were delighted to be asked to take part. Our history dates back to 1886 and we have always been based in and around the Northern Quarter so it is a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase how we have grown over 130 years telling the story of how we have got to where we are today. 

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From clothes shops to hotels, car showrooms to solicitors, locksmiths to mechanics, bakers to book shops, cafes, restaurants, bars & pubs to hairdressers, high street brands and independents,  every business is part of telling the story of our great city.  

If you would like your window to be included in the Heritage Window project and Manchester Histories Festival (including the website and the social media campaign), email [email protected] or call 0161 306 1982 by 5pm on Friday 29 April to register your interest. 

The Manchester Histories team can be of assistance in researching the histories or heritage of your business or the building or site where your shop or business now stands or they can help to train you or your staff to carry out research.



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