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What's happening with New Manchester Walks


We are delighted to be launching a new walks programme in conjunction with the great people from Great Days (of Altrincham) on Saturdays this summer, starting on Saturday 25 May.

In the morning at 11am we will be running our ever-popular music tour – Manchester Music: The Hacienda Years. In the afternoon at 2.30pm it’s “Secrets of the Northern Quarter”.
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Many thanks to all those who turned up today, Saturday 16th March.

We did the Irish walk in quite a bit of rain but the Romans defeated us.

Anyone who had tickets for today’s walks but chose sensibly to stay dry can use their tickets on any future walk.
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• Sun 17 Mar Manchester Music: The Hacienda Years
Meet HOME Arts Centre, 12 noon.

• Sun 17 Mar Salford Quays & the Old Docks
Meet Salford Quays Metrolink stop, 3pm.

• Tue 19 Mar The Great Art Treasures of Manchester
Meet St Ann’s Church, 11am.

• Wed 20 Mar Manchester: England’s Most Political City
Meet Emmeline Pankhurst Statue, St Peter’s Square, 11am.
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The Story of Manchester in 101 Objects. No. 4: The Romans in Manchester

One piece of authentic Roman masonry survives in its original position in Manchester. It is a block of stone, about a foot high and a few wide, dating from around the year 200, which can be found turning left at the end of Collier Street under Arch 95 of the Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway. How it has survived is a miracle,
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The Story of Manchester in 101 Objects. No. 3: The Rise of Christianity

In Object No. 2 we learned how Christians were almost certainly present in Roman Manchester, c. 180 ad, long before Rome became Christian, thanks to the accidental finding of a piece of revealing pottery. So it is fitting that Manchester is home to the oldest piece of the New Testament ever discovered, the St John Fragment.

This is a tiny piece of papyrus, only three inches high,
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The Story of Manchester in 101 Objects. No. 2: Christianity in Roman Manchester

How surprising that in Manchester, the most modern of cities, the world’s first industrial city, one of the oldest Christian relics ever discovered in Britain should be found, and to complete the irony it was in the shadow of one of the most prominent modern structures, the Beetham Tower.
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Alan Turing Voted BBC Icon of the 20th Century – Discover more on our tour

How wonderful that Alan Turing, a man vilified in his lifetime by the establishment and unknown to the public on account of the secrecy surrounding his war work, has just been named the BBC’s Icon of the 20th century. Noting that the BBC’s own website on the subject wrongly claims that Alan Turing invented the computer, here’s the ideal opportunity to learn the true story…on our tour.

Next tours from the Manchester Museum Reception:
* Sat 23 Mar, 11.30am.
* Easter Monday 22 Apr, 12 noon.
* Sun 12 May, 12 noon.
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PETERLOO – Frustrated with the film? Underwhelmed with the Memorial? Then come on our walks!

Ed Glinert, the only Manchester tour guide who has worked with Mike Leigh and the great radical activist Paul Foot, has been talking, walking, reading, thinking, sleeping, writing about Peterloo, giving guided tours about Peterloo, giving lectures about Peterloo, for more than 30 years.

Next up, two new Peterloo tours on Sunday 18 November. See the film and then discover all the bits Mike Leigh left out! The first, “Before Peterloo”, at 11.30am from Central Library. And then, can you believe, at 2pm, “After Peterloo”, also from Central Library.

Ed Glinert has rooted out an astonishing array of stories connected with one of the defining events in English political history.
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