What's happening with New Manchester Walks
LOOKING BACK THREE YEARS TODAY
70th Birthday Tribute to the Genius that is Stevie Wonder, May
We must pay tribute this May, 2020, to the genius that is Stevland Judkins Jnr on his 70th birthday.
Here is ten of his greatest, ranked for your delectation and deliberation.
WHY CENTRAL LIBRARY LOOKS LIKE THE PANTHEON
* The following article is now featured on the ILoveMcr website.
* New Manchester Walks’s architecture tours are the only expert architecture tours taking place in the city. They have been devised by RIBA judge Ed Glinert, aided as always by John Alker. A new date for the next tour will be announced soon as it is possible to do so. In the meantime, here is a wonderful story explaining why Manchester Central Library is modelled on Rome’s Pantheon.
You may have noticed that Manchester’s Central Library looks like The Pantheon of Rome. It is so strikingly obvious. But it begs the question why?
THE SECOND EVER VIRTUAL TOUR OF MANCHESTER
Welcome to New Manchester Walks’ second virtual tour, which is all we can do at this time. We take you on a section of our ingenious “Undiscovered Manchester” walk, using the real-life route and a history highlight at each stop.
For the first tour we took a clockwise route around the Library. This tour heads in a different direction towards Cross Street and Corporation Street.
THE FIRST EVER VIRTUAL TOUR OF MANCHESTER
This is New Manchester Walks’ first virtual tour. It’s all we can do at this time, sadly, but we love to give good value.
So sit back, bring to your mind the geography of the area around Manchester Town Hall, and soak in the history on this section of our ingenious “Undiscovered Manchester” walk that we plan to run when things return to normal, using the real-life route and a history highlight at each stop.
REGULAR UPDATES (MID MAY 2020): SADLY ALL TOURS STILL POSTPONED UNTIL FUTURE DATES CAN BE PLANNED. STAY WELL!
Hello. Ed Glinert of New Manchester Walks here. Thinking of you all and praying we all keep well. I can’t do much other than sincerely wish all customers, past, present and future, and all tour guides the best of health. Like you, we’re itching to get back to normality. In the meantime I will post up articles on Manchester history and art to keep you entertained…
HONOURING MANCHESTER’S GREATEST WRITER, THOMAS DE QUINCEY
Next year, 2021, will see the bicentenary of one of the most spellbinding and hypnotic books in English literature, Thomas de Quincey’s Confessions of An English Opium-Eater, a work with such a strong Manchester connection. Thomas de Quincey (1785-1859) is still woefully overlooked and obscure.
MANCHESTER’S GREATEST PAINTING: WORK by FORD MADOX BROWN
Today’s Manchester painting dissected, discussed and dismembered is “Work” by Ford Madox Brown (1852-65). Ed Glinert reveals all behind Manchester Art Gallery’s most complex and epic painting.
No painting in Manchester Art Gallery attracts more viewers than “Work”. Hordes of people make for it as if by magic, and when they get there they are astonished at the breathtaking panoply of figures, ideas and stories.
On first inspection