Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.


Roots: A Manchester Story
Michael Wood

Spire Manchester Hospital, 170 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M20 2AF

In this illustrated talk, historian and film maker Michael Wood tells a family story of people drawn to Industrial Revolution Manchester in the 19th century from across the North, and from Wales and Scotland, showing how family history and local history reveal the national story in microcosm.


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About the Event


Historian, broadcaster and story teller Michael Wood was ‘never bothered’ about his own family story, “assuming it was too small to have any wider significance.”  In this illustrated talk, inspired by family tales of Welsh slate quarries, Cumbrian farmers, Pennine craftsmen and Cheshire silk workers, Wood unfolds a story that ‘could be of any family, and any place,” sketching a people’s story of Manchester before and after the Industrial Revolution. From Peterloo to World Wars, this is history from the bottom up, with an extraordinary and unexpected tailpiece.

The event will be accompanied by a showreel of iconic Manchester imagery by Didsbury photographer Craig Barker. A preview of this work can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdBklKPXaPQ


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About the Artist


Michael Wood is a Mancunian historian and broadcaster. He has presented numerous well-known television documentary series from the early 1980s until present. Wood has also written a number of books on English history, including In Search of the Dark Ages, The Domesday Quest, The Story of England and In Search of Shakespeare. He was appointed Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester in 2013.


Sponsored by Spire Manchester Hospital

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