Society Meetings and Events


27 Oct 2021 - ONLINE

The Two Irish Wives of Friedrich Engels: Dr Aidan Beatty

.For much of his adult life, the socialist activst Friedrich Engels maintained close relationships with two women of Irish heritage, born in the Deansgate area of Manchester, which in the 1820s was one of the most Irish cities in Britain. Mary Burns ( 1821- 1863) became Engels' common law wife, and after Mary's death, her sister Lydia " Lizzie" Burns ( 1827-1878) formally married Engels.

Drawing on Marx's and Engels' sprawling correspondence as well as contemporary records, this talk seeks to uncover how much we can really know about these two women. How much of a role did they actually play in Engels' political and literary work? Also, how much have their real liives been covered up with a Marxist romanticising of two proliterian factory workers?

This online presentation will be given by Dr.Aidan Beatty who has a PhD from the University of Chicago and teaches at the Honors College of the University of Pittsburgh.

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

  • Date: 27th October 2021
  • Wednesday, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Dr. Aidan Beatty
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost : Members - Free of charge 
  • Cost: Non-Members - £3.00
30 Oct 2021 - Public Event

Salford Histories Festival

 MLFHS will be at the Salford Histories Fair on Saturday, 30th October 2021, where we will have some of our local books and resources available for sale. Our database of over 2.8 million records increases all the time, covering an amazing variety of datasets from Salford vehicle registrations to presbyterian communion rolls and much, much more.

Joining MLFHS is easy, it can be done online on your smart phone, tablet or computer and you will get access to all resources and free entry to our meetings - be sure to book on Eventbrite as the number of places is always limited.

This event is not organised by MLFHS.

Full details of this event from Salford Histories are available online at Salford Forum

 

6 Nov 2021 - ONLINE

Irish Family History: A Practical Guide - Carol Wells

 

This talk is a practical guide to help you get the most out of your Irish research using the main websites that are available and introducing some that you may not be familiar with.

Carol Wells is a member of the MLFHS Tuesday helpdesk team at Central Library, Manchester with a particular interest in Irish Genealogy. Carol says: "I have been researching the Irish branch of our family I am a member of the MLFHS Tuesday helpdesk team at Central Library, Manchester with a particular interest in Irish Genealogy. I have been researching the Irish branch of our family for over 30 years and have travelled to Ireland many times over a number of years visiting all the main genealogy centres in Dublin. I have learned many different ways of moving your research forward and will hopefully show you how much information there is available if you know where to look."

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

  • Date: 6th November 2021
  • Saturday, 2.00pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Carol Wells
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost : Members - Free of charge 
  • Cost: Non-Members - £3.00 
2 Dec 2021 - ONLINE

Old Ireland in Colour: Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley and John Breslin

 A talk based on the authors' books of colourised black and white photographs documenting the rich history of Ireland.
 
Synopsis of “Old Ireland in Colour” by John Breslin & Dr Sarah-Anne Buckley.

Old Ireland in Colour celebrates the rich history of Ireland and the Irish through the colour restoration of stunning images of all walks of Irish life, and the Irish abroad, throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. From the chaos of the Civil War to the simple beauty of the islands, each image has been exquisitely transformed and every page is bursting with life.
 
Using a combination of cutting-edge artificial intelligence technology and his own historical research, John Breslin has meticulously colourised these pictures with breathtaking attention to detail and authenticity.

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

  • Date: 2nd December 2021
  • Thursday, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Dr Sara-Anne Buckley and John Breslin
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost : Members - Free of charge 
  • Cost: Non-Members - £3.00
19 Jan 2022 - ONLINE

Migration and Assistance: Irish Unmarried Mothers in Britain 1926-1973 - Dr Lorraine Grimes

 

For most of the Twentieth Century, hundreds of Irish unmarried mothers migrated to Britain annually, in order to escape the stigma associated with unmarried motherhood in Ireland. This ​talk looks at what happened to some of those women once they landed in Britain, particularly in Liverpool, Birmingham and London.  It will explore the institutionalisation of Irish unmarried mothers in Mother and Baby Homes, and issues of maternity care, adoption, socio-economic class, and the position of unmarried fathers.  
 
 Dr Lorraine Grimes is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Social Science Institute at Maynooth University. Lorraine was awarded her PhD by the National University of Ireland Galway and this talk draws on her doctoral research.

This meeting will be held online via Zoom.

  • Date: 19th January 2022
  • Wednesday, 7.30pm
  • Venue: Online via Zoom
  • Speaker: Dr Lorriane Grimes
  • Booking: Eventbrite
  • Cost : Members - Free of charge 
  • Cost: Non-Members - £3.00

Our planned Society meetings and events for 2021

Society Meetings

Our Quarterly and Beginners Meetings

Meetings during the Pandemic

Our meetings are held online via Zoom at present. We look forward to seeing you at our Beginners sessions, quarterly meetings and our AGM and to welcoming our visitors and members from across the world who are finding Zoom a lot easier than travelling! When restrictions are eased we will review our planned meetings - check on this page for the latest information. We are looking at including some meetings at Manchester Central Library again, as soon as possible, so please check the meetings details when deciding whether to attend. 

Our Calendar of Events at Manchester Central Library

"Booking on Eventbrite will be essential for these meetings"

Booking on Eventbrite will be essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so please follow us on this page, on our social media accounts and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings are online at present but will return to Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. 

All meetings are free of charge to members and, in a normal year, it’s quite possible for a member of the MLFHS to attend 62 meetings a year (admittedly you would have to attend beginners’ courses three times – but why not?) for an annual subscription of £15. Meanwhile, web editors will be busy updating the site and adding new content to enhance your subscription further; project managers and volunteers will continue to save, transcribe and make available important records and the office volunteers will keep the membership and the post running smoothly.

Meetings and Venues

Ond day we will be back at the Manchester Central Library! This is something to look forward to and meeting in person will be so good. Please enjoy our Zoom meetings until then, and let us know at the meetings if your joining us from afar - we are enjoying meeting members from all over the world and we want to keep in touch, online, in the future. These are busy times!

Our Meeting Rooms

Our meetings are held in the Performance Space on the ground floor of Manchester Central Library. The rooms are airy and light, with plenty of space for social distancing if that will be required when our meetings are resumed.

Our Venue

Manchester Central Library, convenient for all forms of public transport, is a modernised, comfortable building, designed to offer visitors ease of access, refreshments, a local history library and meeting rooms, all on the ground floor.

Important Things to Know

Our Meetings

The MLFHS usually holds meetings once a quarter; on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable). We try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Manchester heritage.

Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. In the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, and slightly ahead of the Government’s restrictions, all of the society’s public-facing activity ceased in March. We look forward to a time when mass gatherings will be possible again.

Looking Forward

Today we are showing, below, a picture from our 2019 Peterloo event, a taste of the meetings and activities that can take place in the library's Performance Space. We will update this with details of new meetings and events as soon as dates, fixed or provisional. can be arranged.

Peterloo event at MCL: Hilary Hartigan

The wonderful Oakenhoof Performers at the Peterloo Celebrations at Manchester Central Library, August 2019, entertaining visitors at lunch time. The Performance Space (PS) meeting rooms are to left of the musicians, and the Helpdesk is at the top right of the picture. We can’t always guarantee such exciting entertainment on our meeting days, but this is the venue! Arrive early, get a coffee, wander around the displays, say ‘hello’ at the Helpdesk and then take your seats in room PS1 and settle in comfortably for an interesting and entertaining talk.

*Non-members pay £3 per meeting. Some meetings, in particular the summer visit to another venue, may incur additional costs, any such additional costs are paid by all attendees.

The Small Print

The MLFHS usually holds meetings once a quarter; on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Manchester heritage. The Covid-19 pandemic changed everything. In the interests of everyone’s safety and wellbeing, and slightly ahead of the Government’s restrictions, all of the society’s public-facing activity ceased in March. As this beautiful new website was being created other volunteers were making arrangements to cancel meetings, rearrange schedules and planning ahead for the time when mass gatherings will be possible again.

Meetings Archive

From our first online Zoom meetings

All of the Society meetings since November 2020, when meetings recommenced online. Where available, speakers notes are kept by each section. The list includes upcoming meetings and therefore provides a good overview of our meetings programme.

Manchester Meetings Archive

For the Record

Manchester Ancestors delivers a programme of quarterly meetings and beginners sessions throughout the year, occasionally including additional monthly meetings or special meetings for special occasions. This is our archive of past meetings.

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