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Manchester Arena attack tributes to be preserved for the future

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Thousands of tributes left by the public after the Manchester Arena terrorist attack are set to be preserved and digitised thanks to a new grant. Manchester Art Gallery will receive 100,000 pounds from the National Lottery to create the archive of the 10,000 items including poems, cards and toys.

The funding will ensure the public can access and explore the items digitally and they will continue to be stored at Manchester Art Gallery. Those who left messages and tributes will be able to comment on the online archive, adding detail as to why they took part...

Balloons left in St Ann's Square after the attack in 2017. Credit: pa

Following the Arena attack, St Ann’s Square became a focal point for people to express their grief and solidarity with bereaved families and those affected by the attack.

Manchester promised that we would never forget the Arena attack victims and this is part of keeping that promise. In St Ann’s Square, we saw the public stand shoulder to shoulder with those who had been most closely affected; an act of impressive solidarity that signified our refusal to give in to hatred.

“I am glad that those expressions of solidarity will be preserved and kept - they are now part of Manchester’s rich history and we should remember and reflect upon them

– Sir Richard Leese, Leader Manchester City Council

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