* 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?
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.
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
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.
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.
This from St Paul’s School of London after a Literary Manchester tour
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.
If you’re in Manchester for a few days, a day, an hour or two, contact us to be taken round with an expert guide who will make the city come alive.
We are New Manchester Walks, a walks, talks and tours outfit, open to all guides who want to promote the history of Manchester, the world’s first industrial city – THE industrial strength city.
We provide an unrivalled and unmatchable programme of historical trips and tours in and around Manchester: from the Gothic glories and cotton palaces of central Manchester to the gleaming new dock side towers of Salford Quays; from the coal face of industrial Eastlands to the winding alleyways of Knutsford in leafy Cheshire.
We don’t just do walks! We do tours, talks, cruises, PR…we accompany visitors around the region.
For instance on Sunday 17 June India played Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup, a wonderful event which brought so many people to Manchester. New Manchester Walks’s Ed Glinert took a lovely party of Indian visitors on a coach tour of Manchester on the Saturday, the day before the match, together with Joan Davies of Manchester Guided Tours.
On the Monday Ed Glinert chaperoned another group of lovely Indian visitors on an all-day tour: a visit to Manchester United’s museum and stadium tour, a coach tour of the area, and a boat trip with historical commentary on the Princess Katharine boat. So, don’t forget to book our guides for something similar.
Ed Glinert recently spoke to hundreds of members of South Manchester U3A on Peterloo.
Just to say how much your talk was appreciated by our U3A.
Many thanks and if you agree I will book you in for the three hundredth
So, if you don’t fancy a walk, book a talk. What a great idea for your social club, U3A group, Probus set, National Trust outfit, local history society; to book New Manchester Walks’ Ed Glinert to give an illustrated talk on one of a huge variety of subjects.
* Alan Turing.
* The Pankhursts.
* Royal Scandal.
* Marx & Engels in Manchester.
* Britain’s Greatest Prime Ministers – and the Worst!
Peterloo 200 might be almost over, but the story continues…
Many thanks to the 274 people who came on our expert tours Friday and Saturday, and the 20 on Sunday to discover the joys of Howard Spring’s Peterloo-ish novel, “Fame is the Spur”.
Now it gets really interesting.