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The Monastery Magazine

History & Heritage

We're passionate about Manchester history and Manchester heritage. Discover these histories and much more in one resourceful magazine.

A great read if you love history, work in heritage, or are curious about what happens at a historic landmark.

You’ll find helpful, quick reads and longer, in-depth, and thought-provoking articles.

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Greyfriars players at Manchester Monastery

History & Heritage

17 / 09 / 21

Book Review: The Greyfriars Players 1937-1948

Subject: Manchester history; Manchester heritage; amateur dramatics. By Father Agnellus Andrew; reviewed by Janet Wallwork, published 1948 (Historical Reprint Series). The Greyfriars Players, 1937-1948, Father Agnellus Andrew, Monastery Publications (Historical Reprint Series), 54p, £2.99. First published in 1948. ISBN 978-0-9571484-3-7 This is a book about the Greyfriars Players, written by them, for them and their […]

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Cheryl O'Meara at Mancehster Monastery

History & Heritage

13 / 09 / 21

Review: Print Pattern Archive talk

2-minute read Subject: Things to do in Manchester; Manchester tours; textile history; pattern makers This week, I dropped into Cheryl O’Meara’s talk on her textile archive and spent a delightful hour in a world of pattern. If you’re in a hurry, scroll down for the quick facts. A little bit about the archive The Print […]

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Assisi to Gorton, Book Review

History & Heritage

03 / 09 / 21

Book Review: Assisi to Gorton

A 2-minute read. Subject: Victorian Manchester; Manchester history; Manchester heritage; Franciscan history. By Father Agnellus Andrew; reviewed by Janet Wallwork, published 1938 (Historical Reprint Series). Assisi to Gorton: A brief record of the work of the Franciscans in England, and especially their work in Gorton, 1861-1938, Father Agnellus Andrew, Monastery Publications (Historical Reprint Series), 108p, […]

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Belle Vue week at Manchester Monastery

History & Heritage

News

20 / 08 / 21

Belle Vue Week | 5 days of FREE, Family Activities at Manchester Monastery

Whether you love reminiscing or finding out about the fascinating history of Belle Vue for the first time, we invite you to come and enjoy a wonderful week of history and nostalgia here at Manchester’s modern-day Monastery. Manchester History & Heritage Home to a zoological garden, circus, fair, speedway, dancing, boxing, wrestling, fireworks, music, and […]

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stone carving workshop at manchester monastery

History & Heritage

News

13 / 08 / 21

Stone Carving | A FREE 2-day Workshop at Manchester Monastery

Ever fancied trying your hand at stone carving? Well, this could be your lucky day! Manchester’s modern-day Monastery is delighted to announce a FREE, 2-day stone carving workshop with Shawn Williamson, Cumbrian-trained stone mason and sculptor. Shawn is a master craftsman who has created some beautiful works of art, such as this one, on the […]

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History & Heritage

16 / 07 / 21

What is Meant by Social Prescribing?

A 3-minute read. Social prescribing is a relatively new approach to increasing well-being in society. It works through collaboration of healthcare professionals and cultural and heritage centres. Patients with lower risk mental and physical health conditions are directed to cultural institutions who run programmes focusing on activities like volunteering, community engagement and the arts. The […]

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People enjoying parkland

History & Heritage

15 / 07 / 21

Heritage and Well-being: Guest Post

A 6-minute read. Editor’s note: This guest post was written by our postgraduate placement students, Emma Gossage and Jenny Jackman, who are studying Cultural Heritage Management at The University of York. Heritage and Well-being: Guest Post Over the past year, the coronavirus pandemic has made us all more aware of the importance of looking after […]

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History & Heritage

14 / 07 / 21

Using Manchester Heritage to Nurture Well-being | Dr. Caroline Paige

A 5-minute read. Heritage and well-being at Manchester Monastery A story of community action to rescue and restore an endangered heritage site, conserving it for future generations and preserving the legacy of the community that built it. The continuing legacy of Manchester Monastery is to nurture well-being by providing a sanctuary for the people of […]

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History and heritage at Manchester Monastery

History & Heritage

07 / 07 / 21

History and Heritage at Manchester Monastery: It’s Quite a Story

A piece of Manchester History A 10-minute read. It’s a story of new communities working together to overcome adversity. It’s a story of the people. Read on to explore the extraordinary story of Manchester Monastery and its part in Manchester history. A monastery in Victorian Manchester The Monastery started life with a different name, it […]

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