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Discovering Manchester: Join us in the morning

This is the official expert entertaining introduction to the city, an in-depth, original and eye-opening tour devised by Manchester’s most prolific tour guide and energetic historian, Ed Glinert, author of Penguin’s Manchester Compendium and compiler of the Manchester Encyclopaedia.
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WE’RE BACK GUIDING! safely and soundly

Yes, we’re back guiding with a huge programme of lip-smacking tours, as approved by the tourist board, so stretch those muscles for post-lockdown intellectual exercise and nourishment in central Manchester while soaking up the history of the world’s first industrial city (no, no, we don’t mean Birmingham).

Coming up: Ancoats, Angel Meadow, Jewish, Music, Northern Quarter, Peterloo, Secret History, the Smiths, Southern Cemetery, Strangeways and so much more.
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What Shall We Do With the Manchester Statues?

It’s not just Bristol (and London as Sadiq Khan has just discovered) that have the wrong statues. Manchester is full of them. First of all, the most glaring anomaly, is that in a city that prides itself as one of the most left-wing in the country there are more statues of Tories than socialists: 3-2 at the last count.

Funnily enough the people, yes, we the people, are to blame for this in one respect. When the public was asked a few years ago to choose a new statue that had to be of a woman, under-represented in the city’s statuary, there was huge support for Emmeline Pankhurst at the expense of her more deserving daughter, Sylvia. It was hardly surprising…
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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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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.
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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. 
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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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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
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THIS WEEK’S PAINTING: THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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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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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