Upcoming Events from the Manchester Centre for Public History & Heritage, Feb, 2018


Beyond the Battlefields: Käthe Buchler’s Photographs of Germany in WWI

Join us for the exhibition launch of a unique series of images made by photographer Käthe Buchler (1876-1930) in Germany before, during and after World War One, which are part of the collection of the Museum of Photography in Braunschweig – where Buchler lived and worked.

Buchler’s exquisitely posed portraits and landscapes are the vision of a respectable, bourgeois wife and mother, a pillar of her community with significant technical expertise and a remarkable (and little known) aesthetic vision; she was an early adopter of the ‘Autochrome’ process, the world’s first colour photographic process.
Buchler’s photos during the Great War examine the care of orphaned children and wounded troops. Images of children as an integral part of the war effort provide a remarkable insight into the war’s impact on their everyday lives. Together with a fascinating series entitled ‘Women in Men’s Jobs’, they provide a remarkable window on the preoccupations of ordinary Germans, living and working hundreds of miles away from the fighting.
Exhibition runs 2 February – 1 March 2018

Date and Time Thursday, February 1, 2018, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Grosvenor Gallery
Grosvenor Building,
Manchester Metropolitan University
Cavendish Street
M15 6BR

To book a FREE ticket please click here

Beyond the Battlefields: an international touring exhibition co-organised by the History Research Centre and Manchester School of Art at Manchester Metropolitan University, Museum Für Photographie, Braunschweig and the AHRC funded First World War engagement centres at the University of Birmingham and the University of Hertfordshire.

Manchester Metropolitan University is committed to disability equality. If you have any access requirements, please let us know via 0161 247 6740 or email us at a.turbine@mmu.ac.uk before you arrive to help us to make sure that your visit to the event is as enjoyable as possible.

The next MCRH Friends talk takes place on Wed 14 Feb 2018:

Edwardian Motoring, the English and Nationalism
Craig Horner

Wednesday 14 February 2018
6.30pm Room 307, Geoffrey Manton Building, MMU
All welcome

The early English motor industry saw itself as the plucky underdog, as well it might, since most of the vehicles on English (and Welsh, and Scottish) roads were French, German or American. That is, they were foreign.

There were all sorts of possible reasons for this – road racing wasn’t allowed here, the Red Flag Act had stifled development, the foreign companies had built up their brands and reputations – all of which meant that it was the 1910s before any viable English industry was in place.

This rankled with English customers, and none less so when Ford of America set up their Trafford Park plant to mass-produce the Model T. Letters to the press show just how partisan the English could be.

This talk will explore English nationalism to the period to 1914 in the context of the motor car and motor bicycle. Based on research undertaken, it will draw on case studies such as attitudes to the Ford, and also how entrepreneurs and lobbying organisations tackled what was seen as a national disgrace.

Please join us for this talk on Wednesday 14 February 2018 at 6.30pm in Room 307, 3rd Floor, Geoffrey Manton Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester.