Children and Young People Speaking Up and Speaking Out Conference
25 - 27 June 2020
Manchester Metropolitan University

The last two years have seen some of the most powerful youth protest movements in decades. Greta Thunberg’s school strike calling for climate action inspired a global campaign among millions of school children. 

This three day international conference brings together historians from antiquity to contemporary history, to ask how children and young people in the past have shaped protest movements, spoken up and spoken out.

Conference details

About the conference

This is the biennial conference of the Children’s History Society, organised jointly with Manchester Centre for Youth Studies and the History Research Centre at Manchester Met.

Delegates must be a member of the Children’s History Society, and can join here: https://histchilduk.wordpress.com 

The primary conference organising team:

We welcome over 100 speakers and many more delegates to this three-day conference, which includes academic papers, exhibitions, tours, CPDs and workshops.

We will also welcome young people who will open some of the panels with their own unique introductions. Lecturers from across Manchester Centre for Youth Studies and the History Research Centre will be on hand, chairing panels and meeting with delegates. There will be a number of recognisable student ambassadors throughout the event, who will be on hand to assist and answer any of your questions.

 Coronavirus: information and advice


We are aware of delegate concerns about the spread of coronavirus, especially in relation to international travel, and hope that the following information will enable you to make an informed decision about attending our conference in June.

The virus has reached several countries with the World Health Organization declaring its spread ‘a public health emergency of international concern’. The risk to the UK population has been assessed as moderate, with the risk to individuals low.

There have been 319 confirmed UK cases as of 10 March. There are now several new areas with high rates of infection in Europe and the Middle East, outside the initial outbreak region.


As this is a developing situation, it is important that colleagues, students and visitors proactively keep up to date with the latest information.

Visitors from outside of the UK should follow the local travel advice in their country of departure. 

For UK government advice, and advice to those travelling to the UK, see: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

​There is also advice on the UK National Health Service website. Click on this link to see it :  NHS website for the latest information


News reports from around the world reflect differing strategies to contain and manage the virus. Please bear in mind that responses are determined by local conditions and policies. 

Manchester Metropolitan University is following the lead of the public health authority (Public Health England) in preparations for the coronavirus. Its current advice around domestic travel, office working, meetings and gatherings is to continue with business as usual.


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