Mechanics Institute

Mechanics Institute Manchester's premier conference & meeting venue, located right in the city centre. Birthplace of the The Mechanics Institute is steeped in history.
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Established on April 7th 1824, it would become the birthplace of the Co-operative Insurance in 1867, the Trades Union Congress in 1868 & the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology in 1882. As well as being significant to local history it is also a precious venue in many people's personal history. We have hosted thousands of weddings, retirement parties, anniversaries and all ma

nner of other social functions. Today we are Manchester's premier meeting & conference venue, hosting events every day. We are also home to extensive archives from the National Labour Museum. We can't wait to be part of your history.

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Email us for bookings [email protected] or call 0161 236 9336 The Mechanics Conference Centre is the best in Manchester City Centre.

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🎶 Tickets just £25 for all 3 nights 🎶
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🎶 Tickets just £25 for all 3 nights 🎶

🎶 Music at the Mechanics 🎶
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🎶 Music at the Mechanics 🎶

📝We are a not-for-profit organisation and provide a city centre venue at a very competitive price! Click the link below ...
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📝We are a not-for-profit organisation and provide a city centre venue at a very competitive price! Click the link below to find out more 👇

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03/06/2018

Happy 150th birthday! Today, on 2nd June 1868 ordinary folk from across the UK met in Manchester to found the Trades Union Congress and change the world of work for good. And we’ve had a Congress every year since to continue the fight! ✊🏻

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Sound Check with Banner Theatre at the Mechanics Institute

02/06/2018

150 years ago, the TUC was formed in at The Mechanics Institute (also the former home of PHM!) Visit the museum and find out more about trade unions, and join a special tour as part of Manchester Histories TUC Day on Fri 8 June

"I've always thought that the Mechanics Institute is one of Manchester's most overlooked, significant historical buildin...
31/05/2018

"I've always thought that the Mechanics Institute is one of Manchester's most overlooked, significant historical buildings. Where else in the world has the building where the very first Trades Union Congress was held? A building that is run and managed by trade unionists.

Over 12 months ago, the Board decided that we would celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the TUC by holding a week of events in the very building where 34 delegates representing some 118,376 trade unionists met and decided to hold an annual congress. One of the major decisions was "to take action in all Parliamentary matters pertaining to the general interests of the working classes."

The week starts with a play, "Spirit of 1868", commissioned by the Mechanics Centre Trust to celebrate the founding of the TUC and150 years of union struggle. Starting on Sunday, 3rd June, there follows a week of music arranged in co-operation with Band on the Wall bringing some of its favourite folk artists to the\stunning surroundings of the Mechanics Institute for a string of unmissable, unique folk concerts. My ambition, as chair of the board of trustees has been to have music in the Mechanics Institute. So for me, the week is the fulfilment of an ambition.

Harry Spooner

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/spirit-of-1868-performed-by-banner-theatre-tickets-45515240309

https://bandonthewall.org/events/

"Why not have a Congress of our own?" said Samuel Nicholson, President of the Manchester and Salford Trades Council, who...
23/05/2018

"Why not have a Congress of our own?" said Samuel Nicholson, President of the Manchester and Salford Trades Council, who sent out the call to the first ever Trades Union Congress in 1868.

A stirring dramatisation of some of the struggles, protests and moments of resistance that shaped our past and our present! This play has been commissioned by the Mechanics Centre Trust to celebrate the founding of the TUC and 150 years of union struggle.

Book your tickets for the June 2nd 7.30pm show today!

A show commissioned by the Mechanics Centre Trust to celebrate the founding of the TUC and 150 years of union struggle. "Why not have a Congress of our own?" said Samuel Nicholson, President of the Manchester and Salford Trades Council, who sent out the call to the first ever Trades Union Congress i...

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An evening of music by some of the most exciting women in folk music today, featuring performances from Kathryn Williams and Claire Mooney.

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03/04/2018

The a North West CWU Retired Members Forum shall be held on Tuesday 10th April 2018 at the Mechanics’ Institute, Princess Street, Manchester, commencing at 10.30am.

Celebrating 150 years since the TUC was founded here. Book your union meeting, conference or event with us at an exclusi...
02/04/2018

Celebrating 150 years since the TUC was founded here. Book your union meeting, conference or event with us at an exclusive discounted rate. 0161 236 9336 https://t.co/7ZCMJjBmTx

Join us here on Saturday 5th of May at 7pm for 'We Are The Lions Mr Manager', the brilliant new play about the Grunwick ...
28/03/2018

Join us here on Saturday 5th of May at 7pm for 'We Are The Lions Mr Manager', the brilliant new play about the Grunwick Strike.

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Join us here on Saturday 5th of May at 7.30pm for a very special performance of 'We Are The Lions Mr Manager', Neil Gore...
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Join us here on Saturday 5th of May at 7.30pm for a very special performance of 'We Are The Lions Mr Manager', Neil Gore's theatrical account of the Grunwick Strike.

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Celebrating 150 years since the TUC was founded here. Book your union meeting, conference or function with us at an excl...
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Celebrating 150 years since the TUC was founded here. Book your union meeting, conference or function with us at an exclusive discounted rate 0161 236 9336 https://www.mechanicsinstitute.co.uk

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From all of us here at the birthplace of the Trades Union Congress, happy   week! What started here 150 years ago must c...
12/02/2018

From all of us here at the birthplace of the Trades Union Congress, happy week! What started here 150 years ago must continue. Workers of Manchester, join a union today!

Unions help workers get together, stop people being treated unfairly and get a better deal from their employers. More than 5 million people are in a union. You can join a union today.

‪Celebrating 150 years since the TUC was founded in this building. Book your union meeting, conference or function at an...
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‪Celebrating 150 years since the TUC was founded in this building. Book your union meeting, conference or function at an exclusive discounted rate today! https://www.mechanicsinstitute.co.uk

‪  - Exchange Station, 1960. ‬
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‪ - Exchange Station, 1960. ‬

  - Manchester Central Station in 1930.
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- Manchester Central Station in 1930.

  - Oxford Road in 1920.
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- Oxford Road in 1920.

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Thank you for the great presentation/tour for the Heritage Weekend, yesterday. Illuminating and very enjoyable so hopefully, not our last visit and will look out for future events. Thanks again.
An absolutely shimmering review from The Mechanics Institute Review.

'The setting is slow and lush, full of colour and texture, which makes it beautifully three dimensional, with a feeling of movement that lifts and carries you through. There is beauty in the grimness too. The battle out at sea is exhausting and Roffey does not feel inclined to save us from it, taking her time and elevating how painful it is to observe. As the reader, you stand by and watch it unfold, horrified by the carnal pleasure it triggers for those involved in the hunt of something so gentle and innocent. It feels like whaling. It feels like trophy hunting. It feels like an utter tragedy. It took me back to how I felt at the removal of Aslan’s mane in the Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe. Man overpowers beast and, on that deck and jetty, fantasy very much merges with the cold brutalness of reality.'
UCU equality strand members were invited to attend the TUC Equality Fora on Saturday 14 September. The Mechanics Institute hosted the event that included a seminar by Sian Elliott, Womens Equality Policy Officer, TUC and
open discussions around the planning of the TUC NW Equality Conference to be held in Liverpool later in the year.
HE National and Regional Pay and Equality campaign and USS campaign briefings news.
These briefings will give branch representatives the opportunity to meet and discuss GTVO plans, local campaigns on gender, race pay, precarious contracts, workload, and how UCU can win the pay and equality and USS campaigns.
For branches in UCU North West, UCU Yorkshire & Humberside and UCU Northern Region - University and College Union the briefing takes place at the Mechanics Institute, Manchester on 25th September.
Registration and details : https://ucu.wufoo.com/forms/manchester-he-briefing-2019/
Manchester is full of brilliant places to learn about political and social history! Thanks Visit Manchester for featuring The Portico Library in this roundup, alongside...

People's History Museum The Pankhurst Rochdale Pioneers Museum Friends' Meeting House, Manchester Elizabeth Gaskell's House Chetham's Library Working Class Movement Library Mechanics Institute Miners Community Arts and Music F.C United of Manchester Manchester, United Kingdom Kinder Scout & Peak District National Park.
Today we fitted two panels at The Mechanics Institute in Manchester, home of the TUC. The panels mark the 150th anniversary of the Trades Union Congress (TUC). They will be officially unveiled on Friday by Andy Burnham, The Mayor of Greater Manchester. Take a look at a few photographs of the panels being made, which feature many prominent figures and events throughout the history of the TUC.

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We are very excited to attend the unveiling, keep your eyes peeled for photographs of the finished panels in place.

To learn more about the windows check out our latest news article here 👉🏻 http://www.stainedleadedglass.co.uk/latest-news.html

Panels designed and made by our craftswoman Katie.
Fitted by Andrew, Matt & Katie.
Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers. Every year in September, places across the country throw open there doors.
Heritage Open Days 2018 will be 6-9 & 13-16 September.

There are loads of events happening all across Greater Manchester and we've just been sent this for St Philip's Church, Salford on Sat 15 September that looks great. Tell us about the events you're looking forward to or that you're organising in the comments below...
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Sacred Trinity Church | Friends of Buile Hill Park | Working Class Movement Library | Pankhurst Centre | Avro Heritage Museum | Quarry Bank |National Trust North West | Manchester Central Library | Chetham's Library | MCDC - Manchester Craft & Design Centre | Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester | People's History Museum | The Portico Library | Mechanics Institute | Victoria Baths | The Monastery Manchester
The magnificent Manchester Histories Festival 2018 begins tomorrow for a long-weekender of events, walks, tours, talks, exhibitions, screenings, performances and more, all celebrating our city's histories and heritage https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/festival/default.aspx
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Manchester Libraries, Manchester Metropolitan University, Dave Haslam, Frances O'Grady, Trades Union Congress (TUC),
Robert Douglas Dickinson, Hot Bed Press, Impossible Arts, The Portico Library, People's History Museum, North West Film Archive, Gallery Oldham, Alexandra Park, Manchester, Mechanics Institute & more.
Launch event of at the Mechanics Institute in Manchester 02.06.2018.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC) is celebrating its 150th year and as part its celebration it is telling 150 'snapshot' stories from past to present and encouraging everyone to join a trade union - remember it is your right!

The trade union movement has won a lot over the last 150 years - from the right to paid time off work, health and safety legislation, sick pay, equal pay, equal opportunities, maternity and paternity pay and rights, living wage, pensions, anti-discrimination legislation, harassment, protecting vital public services, providing free legal help, etc. etc. They aren't just about strikes. We ALL benefit from being in unions. If you think they are irrelevant and a thing of the past, ask the workers at McDonalds, TGI Fridays, Sports Direct, Amazon and others who are fighting for trade union recognition and are striking for it if they think unions are no longer important.

My favourite trade union story is that of the Grunwick dispute in 1976 where just before walking out on strike Jayaben Desai told her boss "What you are running is not a factory, it is a zoo. But in a zoo there are many types of animals. Some are monkeys who dance on your fingertips. Others are lions who can bite your head off. We are those lions, Mr Manager."
Sound Check with Banner Theatre at the Mechanics Institute
150 years ago, the TUC was formed in at The Mechanics Institute (also the former home of PHM!) Visit the museum and find out more about trade unions, and join a special tour as part of Manchester Histories TUC Day on Fri 8 June
Celebrate at this year's fab Manchester Histories Festival, 7-11 June! Loads to do including a special Trades Union Congress (TUC) Day on 8 June curated by Dave Haslam, featuring: PHM, Working Class Movement Library, Skyliner, North West Film Archive Mechanics Institute Frances O'Grady
https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/