Meet the Team

Prof Melanie Tebbutt: Principal Investigator – Melanie is Head of the Manchester Centre for Regional History and Associate Head of the Manchester Centre for Youth Studies. Her research interests include working-class women, communities and cultures, families and social networks, and gender, leisure and the history of youth in modern Britain. Her book, Being Boys: Youth, Leisure and Identity in the Inter-war Years (Manchester University Press, 2012: paperback 2014), examined the masculinities of working- class boys and young men through their leisure activities and was the inspiration for this project. Her most recent book, Making Youth: A History of Youth in Modern Britain, published by Palgrave Macmillan in 2016, examines young people’s contribution to the development of modern British society.

Dr Rebecca Andrew: Co-Investigator – Rebecca completed her PhD in the Manchester Centre for Regional History, where she completed her PhD, The Leisure Identities of Rural Youth: Tradition, Change and Sense of Place in Lakeland, 1930-early 1950s. She is a Lecturer in Historic Landscapes and Environments at the University of Chester.

Sue Reddish: Creative Lead – Sue is a freelance theatre maker, digital storyteller and arts consultant. Sue has considerable experience of initiating and delivering both large-scale projects and bespoke facilitation.

Jim Daziel: Jim is a community film maker.

Claire Turner – Claire is Chief Executive of Manchester Histories, the charity that delivers Manchester Histories Festival. She has over 20 years’ experience of working in the cultural, tourism and charity sectors, establishing charitable organisations, initiating and programming major events, developing community arts projects and providing consultancy for a range of organisations.

Dr Fiona Cosson – Fiona is a Research Associate based in Manchester Centre for Regional History. She is a social and oral historian with particular interest in community history and in histories of communities.