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Manchester's most prolific tour guide, wittiest public speaker and most entertaining writer. Author of the Manchester Compendium.

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #22 the scientist who changed the way...

Story: The End of Alchemy/Dalton’s Atomic Theory Object: The “four elements” sculptures Location: Dalton Entry Alleyway Year: 1803 When John Dalton presented a paper to the Manchester Literary...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #21 mills and boom

Story: The Rise of the Cotton Industry Location: Chorlton Mills chimney on Cambridge St Year: 1797 Given that Manchester was known for so long as the world’s...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #20 the intriguing history of the Hidden...

Story: Catholic Revival Object: St Mary’s plaque Location: Hidden Gem Church Year: 1794 Manchester has long been a mainly Protestant city. The Cathedral describes itself as Anglican, the...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #19 the sermon that changed the world

Story: The Sermon That Changed the World Object: New-Church House sign Location: John Dalton Street Year: 1793 The story of industry in late 18th century Manchester is well...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #18 the rise of radical and revolutionary...

Story: Rise of Radical and Revolutionary Politics Object: Tom Paine’s desk Location: People’s History Museum Year: 1791 Manchester has a reputation as a city with a long history...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #17 how Manchester’s Jewish community became the...

Story: Jewish Immigration Object: Menorah outside the Reform Synagogue Location: Jackson’s Row Year: 1788 Manchester has long had Britain’s biggest Jewish community outside London. The first recorded Jewish presence...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #16 the campaign to abolish slavery (1)

Story: Campaign to Abolish Slavery (1) Object: Abraham Lincoln statue Location: Brazennose Street Year: 1787 Manchester played a major role in slavery in the 18th century – and...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #15 Robert Owen, founding father of the...

Story: The Co-operative Movement Object: Statue of Robert Owen Year: 1780s/1790s Location: Co-operative Bank The long-awaited return of the Robert Owen statue to Corporation Street is the perfect...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #14 how Manchester led the world with...

Story: Opening of the Bridgewater Canal Object: Giants Basin Year: 1765 Location: off Potato Wharf Road, Castlefield Among Manchester’s many ground-breaking firsts – first railway, first aircraft manufactory – the first...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #13 the Jacobite Rebellion in Manchester

Story: The Jacobite Rebellion in Manchester Object: Bonnie Prince Charlie’s “bed” Year: 1745 Location: Chetham’s Library In an age when the question of who has the rightful claim...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #12 the rise of the machine age

Story: The Rise of the Machine Age Object: Kay’s Flying Shuttle Year: 1733 Location: Town Hall Mural In No 8, The Birth of Textiles in Manchester, we learnt...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #11 mediaeval Manchester

Story: Mediaeval Manchester Object: John Bradford plaque Year: 1555 Location: Manchester Cathedral In 1596 Nicholas Mosley, a local wool manufacturer, journeyed to London to buy Manchester – the...

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