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Oral History Afternoon Tea


Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

Oral History Afternoon Tea

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Oral History Afternoon Tea

Calling all residents of the Northern Quarter, past and present - we want to hear your stories!

MadLab is taking part in a nationwide Heritage Lottery Fund event, exploring the industrial heritage of the Northern Quarter (formerly St. Paul’s).

If your family has lived in the area at any time from the 19th Century to now, you can contribute to this amazing project.

All contributions are welcome, whether you have memories of shopping trips on Oldham Street or in the market, stories of great-relatives working in the weavers' cottages or reminiscences of playing along Tib Street.

This is a unique opportunity to preserve local history for generations to come. Your personal memories and stories are very important because they are unlikely to have been documented. Do feel free to bring photographs or memorabilia with you to share with your neighbours.

Come down to MadLab on March 27 for afternoon tea and a trip down memory lane.

Professional audio archivist Amanda Belantara will be at MadLab from 2pm to 5pm to record your words for posterity.

This event is one strand of several activities leading up to a celebration of Northern Quarter heritage - The Ghosts of St Paul’s.

The Ghosts of St Paul's is a Victorian penny blood dragged screaming back to life in the 21st Century. Inspired not only by the spectacular machinery of the mid-Victorian stage, but by the clandestine technologies of the peep show and backstreet penny gaff theatre, the phantasmagoria and the golden age of stage magic, the imagineers and technologists of MadLab will raise the ghosts of the Northern Quarter to walk the streets again, telling their stories in a vivid and unique after-dark event.

You don't need to book in advance and can turn up on the afternoon. But if you'd like to know more, please email office@madlab.org.uk or call Hwa Young on 07506 747 456.

Amanda Belantara is co-founder of art collective Kinokophone.  
Kinokophone collects and composes sounds, stories and imagery from around the world. Kinokophone
take their name from the Japanese word for mushroom. Mushrooms are a product of intricate
connections that lie beyond the surface, with roots in folklore and imaginary worlds, much like the work
we produce.  We are an artist collective, producing installations, sound for documentary films, oral history projects, music; anything that we think is exciting and fun!  We also organise Kinokophonography, an evening of sharing and listening to field recordings from around the world.

This project is supported by an All Our Storiesgrant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

All Our Stories, a brand-new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story. It has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.

Have questions about Oral History Afternoon Tea ? Contact MadLab


Wednesday, March 27, 2013 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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Manchester Digital Laboratory (MadLab) is a grassroots innovation organisation, based in Manchester UK. Our primary areas of focus are science and technology; arts and culture.


We support a diverse range of communities and activities – from monthly meetups and courses through to public experimentation with new & emerging technologies, and collaborating with others to deliver new, interesting and exciting projects.


Our courses are learning for doers. Every one of our courses, whether it's electronics or coding, writing or making, is powered by the same magic. Bring your curiosity and a little bit of imagination, and we'll amaze you with what you can do!


Our main base of operations is a three-storey, 3000 square foot Industrial Revolution-era former weavers’ cottage centrally located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. We are less than ten minutes walk from Manchester Piccadilly and Manchester Victoria train stations, and just two minutes walk from the Arndale Shopping Centre. For directions, please see our website: http://madlab.org.uk/find-us/

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