Manchester Centre

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

The Manchester Centre was founded by Dorothy Barton in 1948 as the first National Trust Centre.

What we do

Today, at the Manchester Centre we aim to bring together like-minded people with a programme of social events such as enlightening and entertaining talks during the winter months and day trips to properties and gardens in the summer. Recent excursions have included East Riddlesden Hall, Nunnington Hall, Rufford Old Hall and Plas Newydd. There is an annual lunch for members and other ad hoc events in response to members’ requests.
Talks are held on the first Thursday of each month between October and April at The Methodist Central Hall, Oldham Street, Manchester, M1 1JQ, with an entrance fee of £2.50.
Our Centre is self supporting and we also raise money for the National Trust from our activities. This year we made donations to support Quarry Bank Mill (£2000), Dunham Massey Hall (£1000) and Lyme Park (£1000). Manchester Centre is run by an elected committee who welcome new members as well as fresh ideas.
Membership is £10 per year for a single person and £16 per year for dual membership (two people living at the same address).
Get in touch
Due to the need for social distancing and in an effort to keep our membership safe, we have been conducting our meetings online. We are still happily welcoming new members to join Manchester Centre and help us to support the National Trust places that we love. For more information and to join the Manchester Centre, please contact our Chair on 01706 641405 or