Registration and Programme for Sound to Access Heritage event

Received from Suzanne Cloves (Manchester Metropolitan University)

How can we best use sound to support access to heritage?

A public discussion with panellists, presented by Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage, in collaboration with Leverhulme Unit for the Design of Cities of the Future.

Join our speakers to help generate ideas that will encourage thoughtful use of sound to support access to heritage:

  • Luke Beesley (Researcher at University of Liverpool, Archive Lead at Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People)
  • David Govier (Sound Archivist at Manchester Archives+)
  • Steve Graby (Access and Inclusion Worker at Disabled People’s Archive, Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People)
  • Olivia Hewkin (Museum, Galleries and Heritage Programme Manager at VocalEyes)
  • Mariana López (Professor in Sound Production and Post Production, University of York)

Then sit back and soak up a DJ set by Artilect, who will showcase sampling as a form of music heritage. We’ll finish with refreshments and time to chat.

The event will be at 3-6pm on Wednesday 6th December 2023 in the Manchester Poetry Library, which is in the Grosvenor East Building, Manchester Metropolitan University, M15 6BG.

Entry is free but please book (here) to avoid disappointment. You’re welcome to turn up without booking, but we can’t guarantee you’ll get in.

Detailed visitor info is here:

The Poetry Library is wheelchair accessible and situated on the ground floor.

BSL interpretation is available on request by emailing

A podcast and transcript sharing the outcomes of the discussion will be made available after the event on

The organisers would like to thank Cultures of Disability, the Leverhulme Trust, the Manchester Centre for Public Histories & Heritage, Manchester Metropolitan University, and the Past & Present Society for making this event possible through funding and other support.

Past & Present is pleased to support this event and supports other events like it. Applications for event funding are welcomed from scholars working in the field of historical studies at all stages in their careers.

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