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DigiFest 2020

Manchester Histories DigiFest: Celebrating Alf’s Act – 50 Years of Disabled People’s Rights is taking place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 September.

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If you missed the live broadcasts of the Manchester Histories DigiFest – “Celebrating Alf’s Act: 50 Years of Disabled People’s Rights” – on 4and 5 September 2020, don’t fret! Please check out the links below.  

Broadcast Friday 4 September
Broadcast Saturday 5 September
In-depth Content
Online Gallery
Behind the Scenes Photographs

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August 2020 update

The DSN have been working hard collaborating with the organising team to be able to put together a great programme of events for this important occasion.

Due to the pandemic vital funding for the DigiFest has been lost, yet as disabled people are disproportionately affected by COVID-19, the initiative is so important. The DSN has urgently developed a crowdfund in the hope of generating vital funds. Without other sources of funding available, your support is critical to ensure that the event is inclusive and accessible to all.

We’ve also got some exciting incentives to help encourage donations. If someone is a lucky recipient, they may want to keep for themselves or the incentive could be a fantastic unique present for someone special:

  • Michala Hulme is an award-winning historian/professional genealogist. She’s featured on BBC’s Heir Hunters, Who Do You Think You Are?, Channel 4’s Genealogy Roadshow and more. Michala is offering a remote (e.g. Zoom) session to help you get started on your family tree, or she can help you try to unravel a specific line of enquiry if you have hit a bit of a brick wall.
  • Bestselling novel The Miseducation of Evie Epworth has recently has been selected as a Radio 2 Book Club pick (on Jo Whiley's show which will be broadcast on 10th August). This is the brilliant, funny debut novel from Matson Taylor who is currently writing the sequel and has offered a character auction to a bidder. Do you want a character to be named after you in a bestselling novel?
  • Oliver Harris (author of bestselling crime noir novels including Deep Shelter and The Hollow Man) is offering to auction a character in one of his forthcoming books. Would you like a character named after you in a crime thriller? As Oliver says, you could get a gangster named after you but he also says other characters are available. J
  • And The Stars Were Burning Brightly is the bestselling Young Adult (YA) novel from Manchester author Danielle Jawando.  Set in Manchester, Manchester Museum features in this very moving narrative. It has been listed as one of the best YA books to read in 2020 from media around the world including The Guardian, Evening Standard, Irish Times. It's also recently made it to the curriculum in the US. You may receive a copy of this fantastic novel with a personalised message from Danielle in return for a donation.   

To go to the Crowdfunder please go to: