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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: #9 the rise of Protestantism

Story: The Rise of Protestantism Object: John Wycliffe statue Year: 1377 Location: John Rylands Library Manchester’s strong independent spirit, honed down the centuries, manifests itself in the city’s...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #8 the birth of textiles in Manchester

Story: The Birth of Textiles in Manchester Object: Edward III statue Year: 1363 Location: Town Hall (Princess Street side) The arrival of immigrants with skills the natives lacked...

The story of Manchester in 101 objects: #7 human rights in Manchester

Story: Magna Carta/Human Rights Object: statue of Robert de Gresley holding a copy of the Magna Carta Year: 1215 Location: Town Hall (Princess Street side) This is the...

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...

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