Connecting Small Histories: a Festival of Local Heritage – deadline 30 October 2020

Date / time
Date(s) - 3 March - 4 March
All day


Call for Participation

Connecting Small Histories: a Festival of Local Heritage

3rd and 4th March 2021, Manchester* and online

The Connecting Small Histories: Ensuring Sustainability in Jewish History Projects team is hosting a History Festival in March 2021, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The Connecting Small Histories project is a partnership between the Jewish Small Communities Network (JSCN) and Swansea University, and aims to:

  • record the footprint and heritage of the UK Jewish communities where they are now small or non-extant
  • connect these to existing Jewish history and heritage projects and resources;
  • foster exchange between communities through a dedicated Heritage Hub hosted by JSCN

The Festival welcomes proposals on any related topic. Suggested topics may include:• British Jewish history / heritage (particularly, small Jewish communities)

  • Local history / heritage of the areas of: Bradford, Cumbria, Eastbourne, Lytham St. Annes, Somerset and Sunderland.
  • Volunteer / community projects focusing on local history / heritage

The Festival will bring together volunteers, historians, researchers, communities and local history groups/projects to connect, uncover and highlight these projects and local histories. We welcome proposals for short talks (10 minutes) and longer presentations (30 minutes), as well as exhibitions*, as part of the programme.

We plan to host a blended festival with face-to-face presentations and stalls at a venue in Manchester City Centre, as well as online talks and stalls via Zoom. We welcome submissions for both online and in-person involvement.

*The team will make a decision on the face-to-face festival in line with ongoing Coronavirus guidance, and at the latest by mid-November 2020.

Accepted papers will have the option to be published on the HeritageHub on the JSCN Website.Submission Guidelines

Please send a brief outline/abstract (up to 200 words) of your proposed participation – indicating clearly whether short presentation, longer paper or stall – and a short paragraph introducing yourself to: with subject line ‘Conference’.Deadline for submissions: 30th October 2020

The Festival Team looks forward to receiving proposals in response to the call, and is happy to respond to inquiries from interested parties. Questions may be addressed to Dr Carter Speedy via e-mail at