Say Hi to the HiDDEN

Eight small heritage attractions based in and around the city centre have come together to launch a new network called HiDDEN.

Originally established last year (and previously known as SHOWT – Small Heritage Organisations Working Together), HiDDEN is comprised of Manchester Jewish Museum, Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, Chetham’s Library, Working Class Movement Library, Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archives, Victoria Baths, Elizabeth Gaskell’s House and The Pankhurst Centre.

All 8 of these fine attractions are housed in historic and unusual buildings around the centre of the city and include a former police station, a synagogue, a bus depot and a medieval library.

Equally fascinating, are the range of objects that the HiDDEN members count amongst their collections, which total almost 1 million pieces and include a range of items from a circumcision chair and ‘Alien Register’ to fake gold bars and a hoof print of the devil.

These captivating buildings and collections are now the inspiration behind a joint programme of HiDDEN exhibitions and events which will offer up the opportunity for the public to visit and engage with some of our city’s smaller heritage attractions.

Max Dunbar, CEO of Manchester Jewish Museum and Chair of HiDDEN stated:

We’re delighted to be finally launching HiDDEN, bringing together many of Manchester’s ‘hidden gems’. With historic buildings and rare collections, the network will help promote Manchester’s rich and diverse heritage, encouraging more people to explore some of the city’s smaller – and quirkier – attractions”.

Please see below for further information on each of the HiDDEN venues:

HiDDEN members details:

Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester
One of the UK’s largest transport collections displayed inside a historic bus depot

Manchester Jewish Museum
Oldest synagogue in the city, now a museum telling the story of Manchester’s Jewish community

Chetham’s Library
Oldest public library in the English speaking world

Greater Manchester Police Museum & Archive
Victorian Police Station showcasing the history of policing in Manchester

Working Class Movement Library
Telling stories of ordinary people’s fight for a better world, from industrialisation to the present day

Elizabeth Gaskell’s House
Home of the famous author whose novels include ‘Cranford’ and ‘North and South’

Victoria Baths
Former Edwardian swimming pools and Turkish Baths open for heritage tours, exhibitions and events

The Pankhurst Centre
Home of Emmeline Pankhurst and birthplace of Britain’s suffragette movement

For more information see:
Twitter: @8hidden #thehidden8

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