DNA Results Update
Searching for Samuel
Restoring the Canal
Urmston Postcard Heritage

Your DNA Results - Updated! Followed by our AGM

10 May 2023, Manchester Central Library, 10.30am

Hilary Hartigan:

Your DNA results - working with the new tools on Ancestry

The DNA testing companies continue to add new tools to help us sort and identify our DNA matches - what are these innovations and how can we get the most out of them? Hilary will show how, with a little imagination and clues from a famly tree, how some mysteries have been resolved. The basics will still be covered, of course, and the examples will reflect the options that are available to us now. This talk is suitable for anyone who has taken a DNA test or who is thinking of taking a DNA test, and will be a useful update for others.

Followed immediately by our AGM

Date: 10 May 2023
Day: Wednesday, 10.30am
Venue: Manchester Central Library
Speaker: Hilary Hartigan
Booking: Eventrbrite - Booking will open nearer the time
Cost: members - free of charge 
Cost: non-members - £3

Image: Hilary Hartigan

Searching for Samuel

10 May 2023, Manchester Central Library, 1.00pm

Chris Tombs:

Searching for Samuel: the story of a fortune never made.
 
This talk is about uncovering the life of a Victorian Manchester business man, Samuel John Hackney. Samuel was born in 1840 in Ancoats and was raised there. As a young man, he established a successful lamp making and lamp-oil dealing business in the city.

Samuel had quite a humble start in life. He grew to be ambitious and set out to make his fortune, but that dream was to unravel. Manchester in the late nineteenth century was an incredibly vibrant and industrious city. It was a place where great wealth could be made….or lost.

Sources of information, including the National Archives, will be described, and learning points from the presenter’s “journey of discovery” will be shared.

Date: 10 May 2023
Day: Wednesday, 1.00pm
Venue: Manchester Central Library
Speaker: Chris Tombs
Booking: Eventrbrite - Booking will open nearer the time
Cost: members - free of charge 
Cost: non-members - £3

Image: HH and supplied by speaker

Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal

19 July 2023, Manchester Central Library, 10.30am

Paul Hindle:

The History & Preservation of the Canal.
 
We are delighted to welcome Paul Hindle to talk to us again. This time Paul's talk will take us through the history and restoration of the Manchester, Bolton and Bury Canal which, like most canals, fell into disuse some years ago.

The building of the canal would have been a great achievement in its time, involved a huge workforce and probably required some ingenious engineering solutions along the way. Any restoration must have been equally difficult and required considerable funds and many manhours. Join us on this Wednesday morning to hear the full story.

Date: 19 July 2023
Day: Wednesday, 10.30am
Venue: Manchester Central Library
Speaker: Paul Hindle
Booking: Eventrbrite - Booking will open nearer the time
Cost: members - free of charge 
Cost: non-members - £3

Image: supplied by speaker

Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme: A Postcard Heritage

19 July 2023, Manchester Central Library, 1.00pm

Michael Billington:

Urmston, Flixton and Davyhulme: A Postcard Heritage.

Postcard collecting is still a popular hobby or a means of finding out more about a locality, but it is probably rare, these days, to receive a postcard through the post. Indeed, we could argue that postcard-news would be old news by time we received it, these days.

However, many of us might have noticed postcards amongst house clearances, and they are just as likely to say 'see you tomorrow' as 'wish you were here'. Some of us might remember when postcard postage was less than letter postage. Michael seems to have a hoard postcards, so join us on this Wednesday afterrnon to hear all about them.

Date: 19 July 2023
Day: Wednesday, 1.00pm
Venue: Manchester Central Library
Speaker: Michael Billington
Booking: Eventrbrite - Booking will open nearer the time
Cost: members - free of charge 
Cost: non-members - £3

Image: supplied by speaker

Meetings Post Pandemic

Manchester Central Library has been fully 'open for busines' since the beginning of 2022 and we are now able to arrange our AGM, quarterly meetings and beginners/refreshers meetings to take place in the library again. Please check the Eventrbite booking before setting out. There is bound to be an element of uncertainty for the foreseeable future as Covid-19 and its variants continue to disrupt the best laid plans.

We are also keen to keep in touch with our members who have been able to attend our online meetings via Zoom but for whom a visit to a traditional meeting was impossible. The branch societies of Oldham, Bolton and Anglo Scots are forging ahead to provide traditional in-person meetings, online meetings and hybrid meetings.

Our Calendar of Events at Manchester Central Library

"Booking on Eventbrite will be essential for these meetings"

Booking on Eventbrite will be essential for these meetings (please see the calendar page) so please follow us on this page, on our social media accounts and on Eventbrite to check when booking opens. Meetings are online at present but will return to Manchester Central Library and will of course be in line with any government guidelines that might be in force at the time. 

All meetings are free of charge to members and, in a normal year, it’s quite possible for a member of the MLFHS to attend 62 meetings a year (admittedly you would have to attend beginners’ courses three times – but why not?) for an annual subscription of £15. Meanwhile, web editors will be updating the site and adding new content to enhance your subscription further; project managers and volunteers will continue to save, transcribe and make available important records and the office volunteers will keep the membership and the post running smoothly.

Meetings and Venues

We are back at the Manchester Central Library! Initially our meetings will be in-person in the Performance Space on the ground floor and we look forward to meeting our local members once more. Our branch societies are working with hybrid meetings at their local venues. The use of technology during the pandemic has changed the way that societies and members interact, worldwide, and this will continue to be reflected in the society's events as we move forward.

Our Meeting Rooms

Our meetings are held in the Performance Space on the ground floor of Manchester Central Library. The rooms are airy and light, with plenty of space for social distancing if that will be required when our meetings are resumed.

Our Venue

Manchester Central Library, convenient for all forms of public transport, is a modernised, comfortable building, designed to offer visitors ease of access, refreshments, a local history library and meeting rooms, all on the ground floor.

Important Things to Know

Our Meetings

The MLFHS usually holds meetings once a quarter; on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable). We try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Manchester heritage.

Covid-19

Hopefully, the restrictions that we endured are now history. We are all aware, though, that plans might have to be changed at a moment's notice, and any changes will be shown on the website or, for online meetings and meetings booked on Eventbrite, will be advised by email.

Events at the Library

Here is a picture from our 2019 Peterloo event, a taste of the meetings and activities that can take place in the library's Performance Space. The Library is always a busy venue with recent 'pop-up' performances by choirs and ensembles.

Peterloo event at MCL: Hilary Hartigan

The wonderful Oakenhoof Performers at the Peterloo Celebrations at Manchester Central Library, August 2019, entertaining visitors at lunch time. The Performance Space (PS) meeting rooms are to left of the musicians, and the Helpdesk is at the top right of the picture. We can’t always guarantee such exciting entertainment on our meeting days, but this is the venue! Arrive early, get a coffee, wander around the displays, say ‘hello’ at the Helpdesk and then take your seats in room PS1 and settle in comfortably for an interesting and entertaining talk.

*Non-members pay £3 per meeting. Some meetings, in particular the summer visit to another venue, may incur additional costs, any such additional costs are paid by all attendees.

The Small Print

The MLFHS usually holds meetings once a quarter; on the 2nd or 3rd Wednesday of the month (but other local events and the availability of speakers sometimes make a change of date more reasonable) and we try to find the best speakers to help us discover more about our Manchester heritage. The Covid-19 pandemic has changed many things, not least the need for our new website to deliver information to members at home and all over the world. Visit often to see what meetings have been arranged and what new records have been added to our searchable database.

Society Meetings and Events

Meetings Archive

From our first online Zoom meetings

A handy list of proposed meetings and an archive list of all meetings held since we first started offering online meetings. Please note, though, that meeting arrangements can change unexpectedly, so for each meeting we have added links to the relevant pages for more details.

DNA Results Update
Searching for Samuel
Restoring the Canal
Urmston Postcard Heritage

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