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REGULAR UPDATES (EARLY APRIL 2020): SADLY ALL TOURS TEMPORARILY 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…
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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.
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A GREAT MANCHESTER PAINTING TO CHEER YOU UP: 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
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PAINTING OF THE PREVIOUS WEEK: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD. OUR VIRTUAL TOUR WHILE NO WALKS CAN TAKE PLACE

Today’s Manchester picture to enjoy while the Gallery is closed and we can’t take you on art tours: “The Light of the World” by William Holman Hunt (1851-53).

Manchester Art Gallery owns one of three versions of William Holman Hunt’s 1856 Pre-Raphaelite work “The Light of the World”. The others are in Keble College, Oxford, and the crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral. Yes, it may be unusual to have more than one version of a painting, but what is even more unusual about the Manchester one is that it may well not be by Hunt, but by his pupil Fred Stephens.
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Who We Are And What We Do

New Manchester Walks is the only official, trained, expert group of guides operating commercially in the Manchester area. Our mission is to open up Manchester history to as many people as possible though our tours, walks, talks, articles and books. It’s a bit of a battle, given that Manchester’s history has been severely mistreated for …
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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.

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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?
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How To Improve the Tourism Experience in Manchester (6 new ideas and what I’ve done about them).

• BUILD A METROLINK LINE TO FACTORY Work is underway to create a remarkable new arts centre, the Factory, on the old Granada TV site, amidst thousands of new flats. But how will people get there once it all opens? The walk from the Deansgate stations or St Peter’s Square is so long it will …
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The Worst Ten Manchester Attractions. Tourists and Visitors: Avoid!

We at New Manchester Walks have been at the forefront of getting more people to visit and stay in Manchester. Customers have come from the Midlands, London, Holland – the record is New Zealand; beat that! – to go on our tours. But we want you to enjoy your visit, whether it be an afternoon away from regular golf in Northenden or a once in a lifetime city break. So when you’ve been on our tours and want something else to do here are the top ten things it’s best not to avoid or be wary of, from No. 10, the least worst of the ten, to No. 1, the pits.

The Gay Village – The Trafford Centre – Curry Mile – Rylands By Yourself –
Rolls Met Royce Tours of the Midland – Corrie Cobbles – Sightseeing Bus Tour – 
Inside Man Utd – Christmas Markets – Science and Industry Museum

10. The Gay Village
Once it was revolutionary, now it’s passé. The pubs play deafening crap music, the restaurants are over-priced, the place is overrun with chavs, and no one has made any attempt to get to grips with its history.
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CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF WOMEN IN PARLIAMENT

Just over a hundred years ago, on 1 December 1919, something unprecedented happened in British politics: a woman entered Parliament for the first time. American socialite Nancy Astor had just won a by-election in Plymouth Sutton for the Tories, replacing her husband, Waldorf Astor, who had just been ennobled ironically.
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GREAT REVIEWS KEEP COMING IN!

This from St Paul’s School of London after a Literary Manchester tour

Dear Ed,

I wanted to say a very warm thank you for the tour you gave our students on Thursday 17 October. It was a brilliant introduction to the city and to Manchester’s literary and cultural history. Great for the kids to hear about some of the less heralded figures like Ainsworth and Spring as well as the bigger names. The kids were really buzzing afterwards and you gave them some great hints for further reading.
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