How well do you know Henshaws?

Did you know that Henshaws is turning 179 years old this month? To celebrate we've made a Henshaws quiz - test your knowledge and find out some trivia about one of the oldest charities in Manchester!

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Over the last 179 years, we’ve witnessed some amazing changes.

Henshaws began in 1837 after hat manufacturer Thomas Henshaw left £20,000 in his Will towards charities that didn’t even exist yet. The trustees decided the best thing to do was to set up schools and workshops where blind and visually impaired people could learn the skills they would need to survive in society and also make a small income – this was called ‘Henshaw’s Blind Asylum’.

From this initial school to our community hubs now – we’ve been at the centre of supporting people with sight loss in Greater Manchester – and we’ve heard some fascinating stories over the years. Did you know that, for example, at Manchester City games in the 1940s and 1950s that players used to shout at the referee “do you play for Henshaws?” Things have come a long way since then – luckily! – but it’s stories like these that have helped shape almost two centuries of supporting those with sight loss in Manchester.

We’ve put together some of our top facts and trivia – why not take our quiz below and test your Henshaws history prowess?

If you have your own Henshaws story to share or are you just interested in finding out more about us, come join us at our free drop-in event on Monday 6th June. More details are available on our event page or contact Stewart on 0161 786 3640.

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Sarah is the Marketing Manager with responsibility for Community Services across Greater Manchester, and the Knowledge Village.
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