Historical Manchester

"Up in Arms" - Manchester Fights Back

Burning Barns, A Bonnie Prince, Bunkers, the Blitz, secret tunnels and the effects of the Somme- Explore the Effects of the Civil War, the Boer War, the Jacobites, The Somme, The Blitz and Nuclear war on the city

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Poverty and politics; Social and Industrial tour

Politics and poverty, cholera pits, mills and markets, relive the lives of Manchester’s Victorian poor. Scuttlers, hawkers, mill workers and political thinkers, on this tour you will meet them all.

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Political Manchester; the radical outlook

From the library at Chethams, visit a collection of sites forming Manchester’s political and radical heart.

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Victorian Food Walk

How a city feeds itself is a startling insight into how it works as an organism. On this walk discover not just what the Victorians ate; Tripe, ice cream, gruel, etc an insight in itself into the terrible social divisions of the day, but map the development of how they managed to get food to themselves

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The Life and times of Frederick Engels in Manchester

His knick-name was the “general” he lived in rented accommodation under a pseudonym most of his life, he was followed by the Prussian secret police, he rode with the Cheshire hunt and his best friend just happened to be Karl Marx.

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Life on the Left

From the peace gardens to the Suffragettes map out the places where human rights and many of today’s political rights were fought for and won in this notorious city.

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The Great War Walk; Walk with the Heroes

Move through the First World War on the streets of the city with the heroes of Manchester.

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Peterloo

Relive this epic day step by step. Go back in time on the very streets of this most Mancunian of outrages. Start with the politics, the characters and the day’s events; the charge, the victims and the blood-stained streets then finish with the legacy outside the Free Trade Hall.

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Manchester Town Hall

Explore the city’s most magnificent Gothic palace and the men who built it.

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Formidable Women

They broke the mould of a man’s world, they challenged the rulebook, redefined what was acceptable and what was unacceptable.

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Underground Manchester

Go deep underground into the subterranean world of canals, air raid shelters, hidden crypts, hidden rivers, hidden tunnels and much more. Relive the Manchester blitz of 1940 and discover some of the city’s most secret vaults.

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The CO-OP

Without doubt the most influential organization ever to come out of Manchester. See how it challenged and changed not just Victorian England but the entire world.

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Chethams

The oldest free lending library in the country, a seat of learning and excellence, now an elite music school.

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Wrong Side of the Law

Murderers, body snatchers, mobsters, hangmen, rich men, poor men, beggar men; this is a walk through Manchester’s criminal underworld.

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Rochdale Pioneers

One borrowed a wheelbarrow, pushed it into Manchester, one was guard on the longboat that despatched Napoleon to St Helena, 14 were Unitarians, 17 now lie together in Rochdale cemetery...

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