At the heart of the city, Manchester’s Grade 1 listed Town Hall is a much-loved landmark, where we gather at important times to honour and celebrate, to welcome visitors and to do business. It’s where we host civic guests, international delegations, Mancunian weddings and special events. But – having opened in 1877– the building is showing its age.
So the building was closed in January 2018 to allow a project of refurbishment to begin; the project is called Our Town Hall because, of course, the building really belongs to the people of Manchester.
The Our Town Hall Project will be a major update to the Town Hall, protecting this architectural masterpiece and improving it for the city and the nation, before re-opening in 2024. The Project Team want to use this time to engage with communities across the city with a series of cultural projects. Working with several of Manchester’s key cultural organisations, we’ll develop and deliver workshops, exhibitions, events and community outreach projects, led by Curated Place.
Our first project Town Hall Tales will explore the rich histories of the people of Manchester, bringing their personal stories of Manchester Town Hall to the public. We want to create a rich artistic body of work with people from all backgrounds through interviews, photography and exhibitions that tell the story of the people who live and work here. We will record, and celebrate these stories through exhibitions in the communities and neighbourhoods of the storytellers inviting the best storytellers to work with a photographer and writer to create portraits and podcasts.
In cooperation with: