Heritage Open Days

Volunteer Adam shows a group around the baptistry
The Holy Name Church in Manchester, serving the Manchester Universities’ Catholic chaplaincy, has had a busy week.  The second half of September heralds the arrival of thousands of students, new and returning, as the new academic year gets underway. Alongside welcoming new students, the Holy Name Church took part in Heritage Open Days 13-22 September – an annual national celebration during which heritage buildings are opened to the public. “Of course the doors of the Holy Name...
Volunteer Adam gives a guided tour of the church to some post graduate students
The Jesuits at the Holy Name Church in Manchester have recently completed a research project to uncover memories and stories from the church’s parish past, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Heritage Lottery fund.The Holy Name was built by the Jesuits in 1871, and operated as a very busy parish for a large community which included many Irish immigrants.  During the 1960s and 1970s much of the housing was cleared and communities moved to outlying districts.  Manchester...