As we soon approach October and the autumn season continues, there are still heaps of great free things to do in Manchester! From craft markets to historic talks – we’ve got you covered for this week! Here’s the rundown of the best things to do in Manchester this week – completely free!

The Longest Act 200th Birthday | People's History Museum | Until Sun 5 Dec

The Longest Act celebrates its 200th birthday at the People’s History Museum. At 348 metres long and made from 757 pieces of parchment (animal skin), in a world that is increasingly digital the Longest Act holds even more fascination.  This piece of legislation, the 1821 Land Tax Commissioners’ Act, is physically the longest law UK Parliament has passed and to mark its 200th birthday it will be on display for free at the People’s History Museum.

Left Bank, Manchester, M3 3ER
Black History Month | HOME | From Fri 1 Oct | Various times

HOME’s Black History Month programme covers film, theatre and exhibitions – many of which are free. In the Inspire gallery, Inspired, Uplifted and Proud is a selection of embroidered and hand-sewn works that were created by service users from Recovery Pathways during A Black Arts Project, a project designed and delivered online by Michelle Ayavoro during the national lockdown. The work on show is a powerful testimony from those who have lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery. 

2 Tony Wilson Pl, Manchester, FM15 4FN
Come To My Mum's | Contact MCR | Thurs 30 Sept | Starts 6 pm

Come to My Mum’s is a space for South Asian Muslim women to talk about what’s important to them today. Afreena Islam-Wright, a Manchester-based artist and producer, invites you to come to her mum’s for a conversation exploring a range of topics from Islamophobia within the LGBTQ+ community to how arts and heritage organisations can better serve young people of colour. Food will be provided – no one leaves Afreena’s mums with an empty belly!

Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
Were You There? The Story of Manchester Free Trade Hall | Manchester Central Library | Wed 29 Sept | 6 pm - 7:30 pm

Fancy brushing up on your Manc music history? Look no further. Richard Lysons, author of ‘Were You There? Popular Music At Manchester’s Free Trade Hall 1951-1996’ will talk to veteran Manchester music writer, Mick Middles about his new widely acclaimed book all about the city’s stalwart music venue. Manchester’s Free Trade Hall was arguably the most important popular music venue in Great Britain between 1951 and 1996. From Billie Holiday to Blondie, Duke Ellington to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd to Happy Mondays, Rolling Stones to The Beach Boys, David Bowie to Suede, just about everyone who mattered played there.

St Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD
Mon 27 Sep - Sun 3 Oct
Rhiannon Ingle
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Mon 27 Sep 2021