What's happening with New Manchester Walks
THIS WEEK IS PETERLOO WEEK. GUIDED TOUR SATURDAY
Ed Glinert, who has worked with the legendary campaigning journalist, Paul Foot, and Mike Leigh, director of the soon-to-be-realised film, Peterloo, will be leading a tour this Saturday at 2pm from Central Library: “In Search of the Peterloo Memorial”.
There are a thousand Peterloo stories. These will be going into Glinert’s forthcoming Manchester Encyclopaedia and featured at length on this website in 2019, the year of Peterloo 200. Here’s one:
Lord Castlereagh, the late 18th century Tory politician involved in the subjugation of the 1798 Irish rebellion which brought Ireland under British rule, was by 1819 foreign secretary and leader of the House of Commons. He was vilified by the poet Shelley in the Peterloo poem The Mask of Anarchy in the opening line: “I met Murder on the way/He had a mask like Castlereagh”.
A few years later the public, killed and injured by Castlereagh’s soldiers, got revenge of sorts…
TOURS FOR TOURISTS & VISITORS
Welcome to Manchester, the capital of the North, the first city of the Industrial Revolution, the city where modern-day capitalism was created, communism researched, the atom split and the computer invented…THE industrial strength city.
Make your visit special with a tour led by New Manchester Walks, the city’s group of professional guides, We have devised a number of bespoke tours aimed not only at the thousands of visitors pouring into the city, but locals looking to unravel the city’s secrets.
• 7 Wonders of Manchester.
• 7 Manchester Landmarks for Football Fanatics.
• 7 Manchester Music Landmarks – from the Hacienda to Tony Wilson’s pad.
• 7 Politically Sound Manchester Landmarks.
We also have over a hundred detailed tours, covering everything – from the Pankhursts to George Best to L S Lowry to Coronation Street.
MIDLAND HOTEL – AT LAST A TOUR THAT DOESN’T TELL YOU ROLLS MET ROYCE HERE. ABOUT TIME
• Stop press. Ed Glinert has discovered shocking new information about the alleged meeting of Rolls and Royce at the Midland Hotel in 1904.
Interestingly, Rolls Royce’s own website fails to mention the Midland! This is part of our original, highly-entertaining and absurdly amusing tour of Manchester’s most famous hotel (after sumptuous refreshments…optional) one Sunday a month and some Monday lunchtimes.
• Book a private tour for your group! We catered for 60 very happy ladies from Wilmslow U3A recently.
MANCHESTER LITERATURE FESTIVAL FRINGE
Here’s a much-needed new venture: The Manchester Literature Festival Fringe. We will be celebrating the literature of Manchester and beyond all year round. Our first event will be a tour this summer of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester on Sunday 29 July.
In October there will be a full showcase of tours.
The Manchester Literature Festival Fringe is the brainchild of Ed Glinert, much-published author with Penguin, HarperCollins, Random House and Bloomsbury.
THE PANKHURSTS: CALLING MANCHESTER SCHOOLS. BOOK A PANKHURST TOUR!
Having discovered that Manchester schools are now, at last, incorporating the wonderful story of how a Manchester family, the Pankhursts, led the campaign to gain women the vote, into their curriculum, we are hoping that you, school organisers, book a Pankhurst tour for older pupils with New Manchester Walks.
UNCOMFORTABLE ART * UNCOMFORTABLE HISTORY
Ed Glinert of New Manchester Walks is launching a new campaign to start protesting against the prominence of the wrong people on the streets of Manchester. It’s time to make the prominent art and statuary in Manchester more reflective of the city’s history of protest and civil rights. In this most left-wing of cities we have more statues of Tories than socialists; more colonialists than progressives.
The campaign begins with a new tour (please book with eventbrite), Uncomfortable Art, Uncomfortable History on Sunday 12 August at noon from the Visitor Centre, Piccadilly Gardens. The tour has been devised by Ed Glinert who has spent 35 years combating injustice in his hard-hitting journalism for City Life and Private Eye, and in books for Penguin, HarperCollins and Random House.
BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR WITH THE EXPERT AND FRIENDLIEST GUIDES
Calling all Probus/U3A/W.I. groups, works outfits, social societies: book a private tour with New Manchester Walks, an umbrella group of official, trained Blue Badge and Green Badge tour guides. We have created a unique and ambitious programme of tours in and around Manchester.
We have taken thousands around the city in recent years on Peterloo, Pankhursts, Pre-Raphaelite, Castlefield, Ancoats, Town Hall, Salford Quays tours, just to name a few.
We also venture to Knutsford, Macclesfield, Haworth, Hebden Bridge and Liverpool.
We pride ourselves on tours that go that bit further with trenchant analysis, witty anecdotes and original research. You thought that Rolls and Royce met at the Midland Hotel? Hear the real story on our Midland Hotel tour? Think again. You thought that the pillar box on Corporation Street is the one that survived the 1996 IRA bomb? Think again, and in the meantime we look forward to meeting you.
MANCHESTER TOWN HALL: NOW CLOSED, BUT YOU CAN BUY ED GLINERT’S BOOK
That’s it folks. No more Town Hall for six years but to remember the great days, dramatic architecture, action-packed events, you will soon be able to buy Ed Glinert’s Town Hall book: Manchester Town Hall: 140 Glorious Years. Available soon from all good book shops – and some shops that aren’t that good.