Collecting History is History

The physical exhibition is no more and the collection has been dispersed but this blog will stay as a lasting document of the project. What we found here also lives on in the next string of events at Manchester Craft & Design Centre as they continue to celebrate their 30th year, starting with Crafting History and sampler-cultureclash on 14th July 2012, read about all the events on the MCDC website here.

A sincere thank you to everyone who has contributed to Collecting History, it’s been awe inspiring just how many leads and fantastic stories I have managed to discover in eight weeks. Thank you and adieu.

The History Collection So Far

I’m a week into the project and have absolutely loads of leads to follow up, the exhibition space is filling up nicely and we’re already discovering little clusters of narrative occurring across the last 150 years, and across the 30 years of MCDC.

Collecting History is open at Manchester Craft & Design Centre from Monday – Saturday, 10:00am – 5:30pm, drop into the space and leave your story or follow the story so far.

Over the next seven weeks I will be around the Centre collecting stories and updating the exhibition in the afternoon (3-5pm), if you want to pop in and see me let me know – the dates are:

11th May
17th May
23rd May
29th May
7th June
16th June
22nd June
30th June

Sgraffito Tags


What do you think of when you think of Manchester Craft & Design Centre?

Some of the stories behind these ceramic tags include someone’s experience of humus in the MCDC cafe celebrated here with a ‘chick-pea’ (it was one of the first few places in Manchester to serve such an exotic delicacy), the fishing boats that brought the fish to land before their journey to Smithfield Fish Market, the building, the designs bought by people and the special purchases, an engagement ring being amongst them.