Manchester Voices comes to Broughton library

18th August 2016

Manchester voices is the name for a series of research projects exploring the accents, dialects, attitudes and identities of people living in Greater Manchester. Against the backdrop of devolution, this is a fascinating time to find out more about what it means to be part of the local and wider communities. The projects are being run by Dr Rob Drummond and Dr Erin Carrie, two sociolinguists at Manchester Metropolitan University.

One of these projects is taking place at the end of August. Between Saturday 27th Aug and Thursday 1st Sep Erin and Rob will be visiting all ten boroughs of Greater Manchester in order to talk to people about their accents and dialects, and how these help shape our sense of local identity.

Willing volunteers will be invited to climb aboard the specially equipped Manchester Voices research van where they will be introduced to Chester, the talking laptop. Chester will ask them questions about themselves, about where they live, and about the way they and others speak.

Although there is some serious underlying research going on - helping us understand the ways in which the way we speak helps make us who we are - the experience itself will be a lot of fun. Rob and Erin, along with two MMU student helpers will be on hand to chat to people before and after they take part, ready to answer any questions.

The research team will spend either a morning or afternoon in each borough at family friendly and accessible locations. Up to date details can be found on the website:, but the route is now final. The aim is to be at each morning location between approximately 10.00 and 12.00 and each afternoon location between approximately 1.00 and 3.00.

Saturday 27th Aug – Bury and Manchester
Morning: Radcliffe Library, Radcliffe, M26 1NW
Afternoon: Abraham Moss Library, Manchester, M8 5UF

Sunday 28th Aug – Salford and Stockport
Morning: Broughton Library, Salford, M7 4EY
Afternoon: Stockport Market (part of Stockport Old Town Fringe Festival) SK1 1EY

Monday 29th Aug – Media City and Trafford
Morning: Media City Piazza, Salford.
Afternoon: People’s Church (part of People’s Fun Day) Partington, M31 4EY

Tuesday 30th Aug – Tameside and Rochdale
Morning: Tameside Central Library, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7SG
Afternoon: Touchstones Art and Heritage Centre, Rochdale, OL16 1AQ

Wednesday 31st Aug – Bolton and Wigan
Morning: Central Library, Bolton, BL1 1SE
Afternoon: Wigan Library, Wigan, WN1 1NH

Thursday 1st Sep – Oldham
Morning: Albion Street, Oldham Town Centre, OL1 3BG

The culmination of this particular project will be a public exhibition next year in which the rich diversity of accents, opinions and experiences of the Greater Manchester communities will be shared and celebrated.

For more information, please contact Rob Drummond or Erin Carrie 0161 247 6192 0161 247 3930

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