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Thanks to everyone in who joined our Big Burnage Animal Parade – we hope you had a good time! Thanks also to artists and performers from the marvellous Global Grooves, to pupils and staff from Acacias, St. Bernard’s and Green End schools who helped build the creatures and made amazing […]

Big Burnage Animal Parade




This afternoon we were joined by John Pollard, archivist at St. Margaret’s church on Burnage Lane, for a session focusing on the St. Margaret’s national school. John began with a presentation covering the history of the school until its closure in the mid 1930s, starting by giving us some background context to Burnage […]

St. Margaret’s National School Archives







In celebration of International Women’s Week in 6th – 12th March, the Burnage Memory Bank will be gathering women’s memories of their working lives. Stories will be displayed in the Library over March. Use the questions to start you off and write as much or as little as you like! […]

A Woman’s Work…



From the workhouse of the Chorlton Union to the largest teaching hospital in Europe, this afternoon we charting the fascinating development of Withington Hospital on Nell Lane. Beginning with a presentation on the workhouse, we looked at the utilitarian principles leading to their creation, the pioneering ‘pavillions’ designed by Thomas Worthington […]

A Working Life at Withington Hospital


The group as a whole loved this book (a first in itself!) The rich characterisation, clever plot (runs backwards) and the detailed atmosphere of wartime London had us hooked. Every character convinced and could be identified with, with the exception of Mr Mundy. Very evocative and emotionally engaging. We may […]

Night Watch by Sarah Waters