The Library’s public access will be interrupted for two hours (between 12 - 2pm) on Monday the 29th of April 2019 because the annual general meeting of The Portico Library Trust will be in session. We apologise for any inconvenience this causes. The Library will still be accessible for registered members, readers and researchers.
A one day workshop with an experienced local bookbinder. Book Online
The Portico will close for the Easter holidays at 17:30 on Thursday 18 April and re-open at 09:30 Tuesday 23 April.
The Portico Library is closed to the public today to allow the Annual General Meeting to take place. We will re-open at 9.30am on Friday 29 March 2019.
The Library and Gallery will be closed to the General Public from 1:30pm on this date to allow for a private hire event to take place.
The Reading Room will still be open to members.
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 focusing on Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes and John Stewart Mill.
The format is a 1 hour lecture followed by tea, cake and casual discussion.
The Library and Gallery will be closed for a short time to allow a private hire event to take place.
The Reading Room will still be open to members.
*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.
(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
The Library is closed today whilst our symposium ‘‘Adventures in Archiving’’ takes place. If you wish to attend this event please see our events page for details. https://www.theportico.org.uk/event-calendar/2018/10/4/adventures-in-archiving-winter-symposium
The Library’s public exhibition space will be temporarily closed today to accommodate a private event. The Reading Room will still be open to members. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Library will be temporarily closed today to the public whilst work takes place in our exhibition space.
The Library is still open to members until 2:00pm when it will then be closed to members as well to accommodate a wedding.
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
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.
The Library’s public exhibition space will be temporarily closed this afternoon to accommodate a group tour. The Reading Room will still be open to members. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
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.
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.
This double bill explores the work of psychotherapy practitioner Molly Harrower, who pioneered the use of inkblot tests in Gestalt psychology. There will be readings from Molly’s autobiography, and you can print your own inkblot and learn what an inkblot test looks like.
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.
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.
We are closed to the public today to complete the installation of our exciting new exhibition space. We will re-open at 9:30 tomorrow when our Spirited exhibition opens. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
The Portico Library and Gallery will be closed to the general public from 2:00pm on 19 September as a private educational event is taking place.
The Reading Room is still open for members, readers and researchers.
The Portico Library will be closed to visitors on Wednesday the 5th of September 2018 for staff training. The Library will still be accessible to members, readers and researchers. We apologise for any inconvenience this closure may cause you. The Library will re-open on Thursday the 6th of September at 9:30am.
*who just happen to be women!
All are welcome to join for this History of Art series with Sara Riccardi. Tickets £13 per 2hr session.
Please note the Library will be closed to the Public on Monday 30 July from 9.30 am to 2.00 pm as we have a charitable event taking place. the Reading Room is still available for members use. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.
Tickets are available for Sophie Willan’s event for children. Willan, will be reading extracts from her two short stories for children in Tales of The Weird, The Wild and The Wonderful, intermingled with friendly compering and interactive games. Come and enjoy and afternoon of fun and hilarity, perfect for kids and their adults! The book, aimed at 7 - 11 year olds, will be available to purchase, and Sophie will have a pen ready to sign your copy.