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Ed Glinert

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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: #6 the rivalry between Manchester and Liverpool

Story: Manchester-Liverpool Rivalry Object: Liver Bird Location:  Vivienne Westwood, Spring Gardens Year: 1207 (year of Liverpool’s founding) How far back should we trace the rivalry between Manchester and our...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #5 the Saxons and Vikings in Manchester

This is Manchester, the world’s first modern city, the world’s first industrial city, the industrial strength city, the city that gave the world the...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #4 the Romans in Manchester

This is Manchester, the world’s first modern city, the world’s first industrial city, the industrial strength city, the city that gave the world the...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #3 the rise of Christianity

This is Manchester, the world’s first modern city, the world’s first industrial city, the industrial strength city, the city that gave the world the...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #2 Christianity in Roman Manchester

This is Manchester, the world’s first modern city, the world’s first industrial city, the industrial strength city, the city that gave the world the...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #1 how Manchester got its name

This is Manchester, the world’s first modern city, the world’s first industrial city, the industrial strength city, the city that gave the world the...

RIP Pete Shelley: Buzzcocks founder and punk pioneer

The untimely death of Pete Shelley, co-founder and mostly lead singer of Buzzcocks, is very sad news for Manchester. Let's not forget that Buzzcocks (never...

Why Mike Leigh’s Peterloo could have been so much better

I’ve been talking, walking, reading, thinking, sleeping, writing about Peterloo, giving guided tours about Peterloo, delivering lectures about Peterloo for more than 30 years....

Peterloo: an event that paved the way for modern capitalism

Next year is Peterloo 200. The Peterloo Massacre of 16 August 1819 wasn't just one of the defining moments in Manchester history. It is the single...

Another Manchester myth shattered: Mr Rolls and Mr Royce probably didn’t meet at the...

It’s one of the best known stories about Manchester. Everyone who has ever been here knows it. Frederick Henry Royce met Charles Stewart Rolls...

Hylas, the nymphs and the battle over art in Manchester

Whatever way you look at it, Manchester Art Gallery did not cover itself in glory when it removed John William Waterhouse’s 1896 painting Hylas...

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