On Paper: Triumph & tragedy in the library archives
Dec
7
to Jan 21

On Paper: Triumph & tragedy in the library archives

For the first time in its history, The Portico Library has this year been able to organise and catalogue its archival material digitally, thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Ever since the first recorded lease of the Library’s plot in 1792, what consistently shines through is a sense of vivacious storytelling. On Paper considers the parallels between the historical role of printed matter and the Library’s archives. In collaboration with artist Theresa Easton, we have unearthed personal stories of daily life throughout the Library’s history, creating new artworks to interpret our discoveries.

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Seventeen Artists*
Jan
12
10:00 AM10:00

Seventeen Artists*

*who just happen to be women!

This series is back due to popular demand.

This series will present seventeen artistic personalities, selecting some examples from different centuries: we will look at their lives and their art, put them into context, and as a result of the analysis of their biographies, we will acknowledge how their identity as female artists affected their careers, their work and their role for the following generations. These four sessions can be joined as stand-alone events or attended as a course to receive the full benefit of Sara’s inspiring teaching style. These sessions are perfect for anyone who wishes to strengthen their knowledge of the History of Art.

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12 January 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm

Week 1: Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179), Sofonisba Anguissola (c.1535-1625), Artemisia Gentileschi (1593-1652), Judith Leyster (1609-1660).

19 January 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm

Week 2: Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), Luisa Ignacia Roldan (1652-1706), Rachel Ruysch (1664-1750), Rosalba Carriera (1675-1757).

02 February 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm

Week 3: Angelica Kauffman (1741-1807), Élizabeth Vigée-LeBrun (1755-1842), Rosa Bonheur (1822-1899), Elizabeth Thompson (1846-1933).

09 February 2019, 10.00am-12.00pm

Week 4: Berthe Morisot (1841-1895), Mary Cassatt (1844-1926), Edmonia Lewis (1844- after 1911), Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010), and will feature Jane Fairhurst (b. 1953), who will present her work and the influence that all these artists had on her own work.

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Adventures in Archiving - Winter Symposium
Jan
16
10:00 AM10:00

Adventures in Archiving - Winter Symposium

In an ever-evolving digital age, institutions with archives are having to reconceptualise how they develop and catalogue their material, and the ways in which they engage with audiences. We are all grappling with questions that concern how archival collections can remain relevant. For example, how can special collections and historic libraries, which traditionally contain and preserve print-based material, adapt most effectively to the changing digital environment? How can we improve and expand methods of resource discovery to meet the expectations of digitally literate users?

This conference, sponsored by Heritage Lottery Fund and the Independent Libraries Association, will explore new developments in the archiving sector and what the future holds for its systems and processes, whilst scrutinising established standards and best practice. If you would like to submit papers for the conference, details are available at https://www.theportico.org.uk/news.

Key Note: Naomi Korn (specialist in GDPR and archives)

Registration: £20 (includes lunch and refreshments) Book now

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An Introduction to Bookbinding
Jan
17
10:00 AM10:00

An Introduction to Bookbinding

(In partnership with the Society of Bookbinders, North West and North Wales Region)

In this one day workshop you will work with an experienced local bookbinder, Barry Clark, to create three finished books: a sewn pamphlet with a decorative dust-wrapper, a Japanese stab binding, and a multi-section notebook with exposed decorative sewing. These three projects will introduce you to the essentials of all bookbinding: grain direction, folding and cutting paper, creating book sections, setting out sewing stations and different ways of sewing books. All materials and tools will be provided, but feel free to bring your own favourite craft tools if you have them. We will not be using glue so no protective apron is required. The fee includes the cost of materials, tea/coffee on arrival and a light buffet lunch. This workshop is limited to 12 participants so early booking is advised.

Tea/coffee on arrival from 10am for a prompt start at 10.30am

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Fancy Pants
Feb
1
to Mar 25

Fancy Pants

February 1 – March 25, 2019

Four visual artists present radical, expressive works that look at dress and costume’s historic and contemporary relationships with ritual, play, morality and resistance. These pieces invite us to think about celebration and wellbeing, mind and body, and the idea of ‘high’ vs ‘low’ culture.

New artworks by Leonce Raphael Agbodjelou, Ruby Kirby, Lindsey Mendick & Camille Smithwick, with books from the library’s collection including Jospeh Strutt’s Sports and Pastimes of the People of England and John Northbrooke’s Treatise Against Dicing, Dancing, Plays and Interludes: with Other Idle Pastimes.

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Kate Fox Presents: Where There’s Muck There’s Bras
Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Kate Fox Presents: Where There’s Muck There’s Bras

March 14, 2019, 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Performed by stand-up poet and Radio 4 regular Kate Fox; a comic and thought-provoking show about the real Northern Powerhouse, Northern Women – the sung and the unsung!

This funny, gently subversive performance/lecture uncovers the hidden history of the writers, scientists, sportswomen, politicians, protesters, musicians and other heroines who represent the grit, determination and spirit of the North’s women.

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Manchester: Mapping the City
Dec
5
6:30 PM18:30

Manchester: Mapping the City

Manchester: Mapping the City is new book looking at the history of Manchester using a rich array of more than 100 street maps, land surveys, engineering plans and promotional birds-eye views. It features original maps from the eighteenth to the twenty-first century, drawing on local archives and libraries. It also illustrates and discusses the significant events and places that have featured in Manchester’s history, such as Peterloo, the Ship Canal, Town Hall, Belle Vue, Victoria Station and the football grounds.

The authors will deliver a talk on the subject and discuss new ways to access historic cartography. There will be a chance to look at sample of our book and view poster reproductions of some of best historic maps of Manchester. The Portico Library will also display some of its own relevant maps and plans from the archive.

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Politics, Power and the People
Nov
23
3:00 PM15:00

Politics, Power and the People

The political and social struggles that surrounded the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 and were nothing new. Those holding power sought to keep it, use it and would, on occasion, abuse it. Their opponents demanded a say in government, in the way their lives were organised, and how they might improve their lot in life by political action.

Peterloo was one tragic episode in that eternal struggle: reflecting a world of political hopes and ideas and it would, consciously or not, shape the political thoughts of generations to come.

Some of these ideas are the themes of a series of talks on politics and power.

The format is a 1 hour lecture followed by tea, cake and casual discussion.

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Nov
23
3:00 PM15:00

Temporary Closure Friday 23 November from 3:00pm

The Library’s public exhibition space will be temporarily closed this afternoon to accommodate the first lecture in our Politics, Power and the People series. The lectures are open to members and non-members and if you would like to attend please visit our what’s on page https://www.theportico.org.uk/events/

The Reading Room will still be open to members. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

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Stories of Radical 19th Century Women and Egypt - a talk by Emma Anderson, Director, Macclesfield Museums
Nov
15
6:30 PM18:30

Stories of Radical 19th Century Women and Egypt - a talk by Emma Anderson, Director, Macclesfield Museums

In the second half of the 19th century a group of educated, passionate, complex and multi-faced English women played a leading role in developing the study of Ancient Egypt. These women supported, participated in, and led the excavations and academic research that were bringing the ancient world to life. Many were enabled by the industrial wealth of the North West, which is why the our museums have more Ancient Egyptian artefacts than anywhere else in the United Kingdom outside London.

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The Nature of Cities: Building a Resilient Greater Manchester through Culture & Education
Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

The Nature of Cities: Building a Resilient Greater Manchester through Culture & Education

Nov 9, 2018, 3:00pm - 5:00pm

The Portico Library and the Greater Manchester Combined Authority welcome you to an event looking at nature, resilience and young people, and how culture can be used to address some of the most pressing problems we face as a city-region.

This event will be a chance for members of the public to engage with academics, practitioners, policy makers and cultural representatives on issues of resilience, ecology and the role of the arts in a changing climate and will be opened by the Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, and the Greater Manchester Chief Resilience Officer, Dr Kathy Oldham.

In addition, two local school groups will present the outcomes of workshops conducted with local artist Oliver East using the power of image and text to explore themes of nature, urban life, and resilience…

Join the waiting list for free tickets here.

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Letters on Nocturnal Magic
Nov
1
6:30 PM18:30

Letters on Nocturnal Magic

First Draft have commissioned a line up of talented artists to create new performances inspired by the library's mysterious collection of books on the occult. Throughout the evening, they'll take you into a world of witches and necromancers, demons and magicians, and ghostly apparitions bringing warnings from beyond the grave.

Don't miss this special Halloween evening of cabaret at the atmospheric Portico Library - one of Manchester's most beautiful hidden gems.

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Real Voices. Real Power.
Oct
31
2:00 PM14:00

Real Voices. Real Power.

RECLAIM was set up in Moss Side in 2007, to identify and support young leaders from an intensely pressurised community. It continues its work to help young working class people to develop their skills and potential, and to build their pathway to make the world a better place for all. In this informal event some of RECLAIM’s proud and passionate young working class feminists will talk about their journey into social action.

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Spirited: Audio Described Exhibition Tour
Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

Spirited: Audio Described Exhibition Tour

Anne Hornsby of Mind's Eye Description Services will deliver an audio-described tour for blind and partially sighted visitors. She will introduce The Portico Library’s building and collection, and describe the present exhibition Spirited.

Spirited tells the stories of some of the young women and girls who fought for the vote 100 years ago, centring on Manchester as the birthplace of the suffrage movement. It brings to life their incredible acts of courage, creativity and cunning in order to inspire today’s young people into taking their own first steps into social action.

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Clare Debenham on Birth Control and the Rights of Women in the Early 20th Century
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Clare Debenham on Birth Control and the Rights of Women in the Early 20th Century

After the granting of the vote to women in 1918, the struggle for women's rights intensified with a nationwide campaign for the right to birth control. This campaign was met with a great deal of hostility; it threatened to overturn Victorian ideas about female sexuality, female empowerment and the traditional roles within the family. The most well known of the campaigners, scientist and early feminist Marie Stopes, opened clinics across England which fitted 'contraception caps' to women for free. The first history of this grassroots social movement after the Suffragettes offers a window into the social and cultural history of the period, and features new archival material in the forms of memoirs, personal papers and press cuttings. This is an essential contribution to the influential field of women's history and a vital addition to the history of feminism. The lecture focuses on 'Marie Stopes, Reluctant Mancunion , Sexual Revolutionary and Birth Control Pioneer ' as it is the 100th anniversary of the publication of her ground breaking 'Married Love' which was a best-seller. 'Marie Stopes was voted in the top ten of this month's BBC History readers' poll of 'Women Who Changed the World'.

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Suffragettes on film: with thanks to the BFI
Oct
25
2:00 PM14:00

Suffragettes on film: with thanks to the BFI

Bryony Dixon has researched and written on many aspects of early and silent film, and co-directs the annual British Silent Film Festival, as well as programming for a variety of film festivals and events worldwide. Now the BFI’s silent film curator, Bryony oversees its archive of suffragette films, and will discuss how the battle for women’s suffrage in the early years of the 20th century was captured – and carried out – on film.

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Helen Pankhurst on Deeds Not Words: reading and Q&A
Oct
23
6:30 PM18:30

Helen Pankhurst on Deeds Not Words: reading and Q&A

Helen Pankhurst is an international development and women's rights activist and writer. Pankhurst is currently CARE International's senior advisor working in the UK and Ethiopia. Pankhurst is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, who were both leaders in the British suffragette movement. Helen will be reading from her latest book Deeds Not Words, which will be followed by a Q&A.

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SheSays Manchester - putting women in the lead
Oct
22
6:30 PM18:30

SheSays Manchester - putting women in the lead

*SheSays Manchester is a wholly inclusive event with a difference – an open space for discussion where women take the lead. *SheSays Manchester also matches mentors and mentees, creating opportunities for women to lead and inspire other women. Vimla Appadoo will talk about *SheSays Manchester and take questions from the audience at the end.

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Wendy Bardsley on Mary Wollstonecraft
Oct
20
2:00 PM14:00

Wendy Bardsley on Mary Wollstonecraft

In her excellent new novel, Wendy Louise Bardsley takes the reader on a journey from Yorkshire to London, Wales, and Paris, as she explores the remarkable life of Mary Wollstonecroft. As a young woman, Mary copes with a bullying father, a subjugated mother, sees young friends die in childbirth and from tuberculosis. And whilst her elder brother Ned follows an unfettered path to a career as a lawyer, Mary is deprived of a formal education. All of these experiences combine to shape Mary’s ideals for the improvement of the lot of women, a subject she pursues passionately throughout her adult life. 

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Nimco Ali on the campaign to end FGM worldwide
Oct
19
6:30 PM18:30

Nimco Ali on the campaign to end FGM worldwide

Nimco Ali is a British Somali feminist, writer and social activist. She is co-founder and director of Daughters of Eve, a survivor-led organisation which has helped to transform the approach to ending female genital mutilation (FGM). Nimco will be talking about her current work to ensure Somaliland, where 98% of women and girls are affected, enacts legislation to ban FGM.

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Spirited
Oct
19
to Nov 24

Spirited

Oct 19, 2018 - Nov 24, 2018

Spirited tells the stories of some of the young women and girls who fought for the vote 100 years ago, centring on Manchester as the birthplace of the suffrage movement. It brings to life their incredible acts of courage, creativity and cunning in order to inspire today’s young people into taking their own first steps into social action.

Some of the young women featured, who fought with such courage for the right to vote, did not qualify to do so when the Representation of the People Act was finally passed in 1918.

Either they were too young – the Act had an age qualification of 30 for women – or else they didn’t meet the property ownership qualification. One, cruelly, died the year after the Act was passed – but three years before she would have been old enough to cast a vote.

Their stories, and the stories of all the brave and bold women and men who demanded their right to be counted, are told here as a provocation to today’s young activists to embrace the opportunities on offer, and to be the change they want to see.

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Sean O'Brien: Quartier Perdu
Oct
11
6:30 PM18:30

Sean O'Brien: Quartier Perdu

Quartier Perdu is the anticipated new collection from multi-award winning short story writer, poet, playwright and journalist, Sean O'Brien.

O’Brien is perhaps Britain’s most decorated living poet, being the only poet to have won the Forward and TS Elliot prizes three times. New collection brings together stories inspired by terror, science and the supernatural, lit with the hue of the Victorian gothic. Some stories written in direct response to the famous Literature and Philosophy Library in Newcastle, where O’Brien lives and is the Professor of Creative Writing at the university.

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Asia Triennial Manchester at The Portico Library. Free tour and introduction to the collection
Oct
10
1:00 PM13:00

Asia Triennial Manchester at The Portico Library. Free tour and introduction to the collection

The Portico Library was established in 1806 and remains in its original purpose-built venue in the heart of Manchester City Centre, still fulfilling its original function and welcoming visitors six days a week for exhibitions, dining and events. Its collection was compiled throughout the colonial period and reflects the complex relationships that developed between Asia and Britain throughout the 19th century. Join Asia Triennial Manchester 2018 artist and former Portico exhibitor Saima Rasheed to learn about the library’s history, collection and current exhibition ENTWINED: Knowledge & power in the age of Captain Cook.

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Risa Takita: BIND. Asia Triennial Manchester at The Portico Library.
Oct
6
1:30 PM13:30

Risa Takita: BIND. Asia Triennial Manchester at The Portico Library.

Dancer, artist and curator Risa Takita has developed a new interactive performance through research into the history of Manchester at The Portico Library. Specially commissioned for Asia Triennial Manchester 2018, Risa’s new work raises questions about the meaning of identity, history and culture and draws inspiration and insight from the library’s connections with the wider world over the last three centuries.

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