The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and we’re all getting back into the swing of things – fingers crossed it’s for good! Here’s a selection of the best free things to do in Manchester this week, featuring Manchester Festival of Libraries, a new exhibition at the Science and Industry Museum and much more.

Learn about Manchester's Rolls-Royce | Science & Industry Museum | Ongoing (closed Mon & Tue)

Did you know that Rolls-Royce started its life right here in Manchester? Head along to the recently reopened Science and Industry Museum to see a new exhibit based around one of the original Rolls-Royce prototypes – one of only three left in the world.

Liverpool Road, Manchester, M3 4FP
Discover Ashton's Radical Poets | Manchester University | Fri 11 Jun | 2pm – 3pm

This week sees Manchester celebrate its Festival of Libraries. With four world-class city centre libraries and a whole host of local services, we do pretty well on the literature front – so it’s no wonder we’re now a UNESCO City of Literature. This online talk is given by Jennifer Reid and Mike Sanders, and tells the story of two working class radical poets from Ashton – John Stafford and Joseph Chapman.

A British Museum Spotlight loan, Crossings: community and refuge | People's History Museum | Ongoing (closed Mon & Tue)

Celebrating cross-museum collaboration, this new exhibition from People’s History Museum is borrowed from the British Museum in London and continues this season’s focus on telling the powerful stories of migration and the perilous journeys many make in search of a better life.

Left Bank, Manchester M3 3ER
Help Stuart Maconie celebrate a Salford institution | Working Class Movement Library | Sun 13 Jun | 1pm – 2pm

Another literature one for you to sink your teeth into – join radio presenter, author and journalist Stuart Maconie for an insight into a library very close to his heart – Salford’s Working Class Movement Library. A perfect way to spend a Sunday lunchtime.

142 Church Street, Eccles, Manchester M30 0LS
Explore Reds & K 1000 photography exhibition | Manchester Central Library | Ongoing

There are often really great exhibits on the first floor of Manchester’s Central Library to pop into – this pick continues that trend. When Andrew ‘Reds’ Redmond met documentary photographer Karen Albinsson after completing a prison sentence, the two formed a creative bond. This exhibition tells Andrew’s story through photography, capturing his relationship to graffiti and street art in the process.

St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
Mon 7 Jun - Sun 13 Jun
Hugh Morris
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Mon 7 Jun 2021