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Project team blog for the Ancoats Dispensary Trust

The blog posts listed below are the most recent updates from the project team. please contact if you have any queries.

A Night of Art

  Late last year, Ancoats Dispensary Trust held a fund-raising exhibition in the heart of the district, at the church of Halle St Michaels. The evening was billed as a ‘Night of Art’, in which various local artists displayed and sold their work in order to raise awareness and funds for the Ancoats Dispensary. Earlier […]


A Blog About a Blog

  21 November, 2014 marked the beginning of a 100-day countdown to save the Grade II listed Ardwick and Ancoats Dispensary from demolition. Ancoats Dispensary Trust must raise £55000 during this period in order to unlock a Heritage Lottery Fund grant.   The Creating Our Future Histories team has launched a blog which will run […]


Cunning Plans

  November the fifth was memorable for more than Bonfire Night this year, at least for the members of Ancoats Dispensary Trust and the researchers of Creating Our Future Histories. The date saw us meeting for the first time outside the confines of the People’s History Museum, as we ventured onto the streets of Manchester. […]


My ❤ belongs to Ancoats

Following the jam-packed workshop at the People’s History Museum, the facebook page where we started to share our ideas for the project was overflowing. Here, we share some of the inspirations for Creating Our Future Histories Ancoats-Trust-Dispensary style…   (Top and bottom images) The main source of inspiration continues to be those who were involved […]



  Our Future Histories project begins at an exciting time in the history of the Ancoats Dispensary Trust as the group has recently secured a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. The trust regularly holds public events including, most recently, a workshop to create a banner celebrating the vibrancy of the Ancoats community. I am […]


AHRC Collaborative Skills Training Programme

Public engagement and external partnership building have become an important factor in the career progression of up-and-coming academics; it is now a standard requirement for all researchers to account for the relevance and impact of their research.

All of us are advised to incorporate public engagement and partnership building into the research process from the very conception of a new project; rather than simply integral to the research, public engagement must be constitutive of it, determining its genesis rather than merely accompanying its dissemination.

This new ‘ideal’ research scenario not only raises questions regarding the appropriation of traditional research procedures, but also exposes a huge skills gap concerning effective methodological innovation. Our proposed training aims to fill this gap by equipping PGR/ECRs with ‘hands-on’ research partnership experience regarding the collaborative excavation, representation and recording of our community-based local histories.


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