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Schools and community history

The Department of History enjoys strong links with schools and colleges in Manchester and the surrounding regions, and also further afield. We aim to establish and maintain collaborative relationships which enable us to share knowledge and skills. Our academics regularly visit schools and colleges, and are often invited to speak at school history societies and other educational forums.

A number of our academics have also been involved in public-engagement projects and workshops with schools and other community History projects; this activity, for example, includes recent contributions to projects on post 1945-immigration and on changes within local Manchester communities since the 1980s.

In addition, we also welcome visits from school and college groups into the University and the Department of History. These are designed according to the requirements of the visiting group, and can often involve attending talks on studying history, sitting in on undergraduate lectures, tours of the campus (including the library and the department), and the opportunity to talk to both academic and current undergraduate students.

In other cases, school and college groups visit us to collaborate on a project and can gain access to scholarly expertise and some of the university's exceptional resources (such as our computer labs and electronic databases). Furthermore, every year The University of Manchester holds two Manchester History Days which offer a series of workshops and talks to large school groups. 

Horrible Histories school quiz

Children at William Hulme's in Whalley Range devised their own history quiz and made their own film. They were helped by Professor Hannah Barker of the University of Manchester who runs the Horrible Histories after school club at the School and Sinead Lynch, a student on the MA in Children's digital media at the University of Salford.

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