Manchester Histories Festival – Manchester Heroes

Editors Note: This is an archived blog post from 21/3/2014

Panel Discussion – Manchester Heroes: Should the City Remember Its Heroes?

Monday 24 March, 6.30pm – 8.00pm, National Football Museum

Manchester is associated with a unique cast of characters from the Pankhurst family to Alan Turing, George Best to Morrissey. 200-miles North of London, it’s no surprise that many of these figures have been radicals and eccentrics, who bravely challenged conventions. This evening’s panel will discuss whether the city should remember its heroes. Is it important for today’s children to know about Manchester’s historical heroes? And, if so, how should we go about remembering them? Come along and have your say!


  • John Amaechi – Organisational consultant, high-performance executive coach, and former NBA basketball star
  • Rosa Battle –  Labour Party Councillor for the Bradford Ward and Executive Member for Culture and Leisure on Manchester City Council
  • Tom Bloxham –  Chairman and co-founder of property developer Urban Splash and Chancellor of the University of Manchester
  • Terry Christian – Award-winning presenter and broadcaster
  • Ruth Daniel – Creative social music entrepreneur, founder of Fat Northerner Records, founder of Un-Convention and founder and Director of Agencia
  • Michael Wood – Broadcaster and Professor of Public History at the University of Manchester
  • Chair: Max Jones  – Writer and historian working on Local and National Heroes at the University of Manchester

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