Mézières-Manchester, an exhibition of Franco-British friendship
13 April – 30 May 2015, first floor, Central Library.
In 1920 a small fortune was raised by the people of Manchester to help rebuild the French town of Mézières (today Charleville-Mézières) after it was devastated during the First World War. It’s a little known slice of Manchester history, demonstrating the long-standing good will, generosity and friendship of its people.
Two days after the Armistice the City of Manchester promised to support the rebuilding of Mézières and went on to officially adopt Mézières in 1920. Money was raised in different ways, including an historical Lord Mayor’s pageant. In recognition a hospital and a district of Charleville-Mézières are still called ‘Manchester’ to this day and there are ongoing links between the two cities.
This exhibition explores the effects of war on Charleville-Mézières and the extraordinary tale of friendship between the two cities. The exhibition will be officially opened at 6pm on Monday 13 April jointly by the Lord Mayor of Manchester and the Mayor of Charleville-Mézières.