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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.

 

Group shot at Merci Mills

Group shot at Merci Mills

There have been a lot of ideas floating around our discussions during the last workshop and also between ourselves on social media. These included what exactly the Ancoats Trust members wanted from the Future Histories programme and how we as researchers can help deliver it. In order to help achieve this, and for the researchers to appreciate the community which we hope to involve, we all met up at the dispensary and began to explore the area which it once – and will again – served.

 

The weather was kind to us on what was a glorious Manchester day. After meeting at the dispensary for a quick look round it was onto the streets on Ancoats. The tour of the area, amongst the remaining mills and factories of ‘the workshop of the world’ was enriched by the local knowledge of the Ancoats Trust members who helped provide an insight into how the area would have looked in its industrial heyday. It wasn’t all fun though (!) as within the confines of nearby Merci Mill we soon got down to business and started to discuss the content and form of the Future Histories exhibition. The meeting was very productive and we all left with a renewed sense of purpose and confidence that the project is going in the right direction.

Sunset over Ancoats

Sunset over Ancoats

 

Ultimately, our exhibition will aim to celebrate the building’s past and its role in Ancoats as well as looking forward to the future and how it can once again be a focal point for the community. Its days serving the medical needs of the area may have gone but there are many functions that it could fulfil as a community hub for locals, both long-established and new arrivals.

 

Although the parkin and black-eyed peas failed to materialise, the conversation was sparkling and the day went with a bang!

 

 

 

November 28th, 2014 - 13:52pm

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