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Friedrich Engels’s Manchester

* Friedrich Engels’s Manchester (get out the house post Christmas) Date: Sun 30 December 2018. Meet: Engels statue, HOME, 11,30am. Booking: Please book here with eventbrite. * Marx & Engels in Manchester Sat 2 February 2019. Part 1: The Frock-Coated Communists. Meet: Engels statue, HOME, 11,30am. Please book here with eventbrite. Part 2: The Condition …
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Formidable Women of Manchester

Tours: Meet Midland Hotel, Peter Street. March, International Women’s Day tour: Friday 8 March 2019, 5.30pm. Booking: Please book here with eventbrite. April: Friday 5 April 2019, 6pm. Booking: Please book here with eventbrite. Those formidable women… * Elizabeth Gaskell, who wrote Mary Barton, one of the classic “condition of England” novels in 1848. * Hannah Mitchell, who …
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Left-Wing Manchester – From German Fred to Red Ed

Next tours: No public dates yet. Meet: tbc. Bring: A copy of Clause IV. More apt than Mao’s Little Red Book. How apt that the People’s History museum is located in Manchester on the left bank (sic) of the River Irwell. But why are there more statues of Tories – Wellington and Peel – than …
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Political Villains of Manchester

Next tour: No dates yet. Meet: People’s History Museum, Bridge Street, time tbc. There have been some bad people in charge of Manchester and Salford over the years – and you, the good people of the twin cities, have been bossed about by them and sometimes even voted for them! We’re talking about Oswald Mosley, leader …
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Political Heroes of Manchester

Next walk: No dates yet. Meet: People’s History Museum, Bridge Street. You want heroes? Heroes that transcend party politicking and partisanship? Difficult one. Maybe Richard Cobden, Friedrich Engels, Wiliam Gladstone, Sylvia Pankhurst and Paul Robeson. Them and the usual crowd of assorted Trots, liberals and free-thinkers.

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Left-Wing Manchester

Next tours: No new dates. Meet: To be decided. Bring: A copy of Clause IV. More apt than Mao’s Little Red Book. How apt that the People’s History Museum is located in Manchester on the left bank (sic) of the river Irwell. But why are there more statues of Tories – Wellington and Peel – than …
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What’s Left of the Labour Party?

No dates as yet.

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Churchill vs. Mosley

Next tours. No public dates. Meet: tbc. One was a maverick who served time in jail; the other was the Labour Party’s greatest hope for socialism. One deployed poison gas against the Iraqis; the other was supported by Nye Bevan, architect of the National Health Service. Who would have believed back in the mid-1920s that Winston …
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Blue Manchester (The Tories: yes! – from Disraeli to Dave)

Next tour: No dates yet. Meet: tbc. George, the Chancellor, said on Wednesday 3 December 2014: “Our ambition is to build a northern powerhouse as a complement to the strength of our capital city, where we bring together our great cities of the North.” Has he kept to his word? New Manchester Walks’s decision to …
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Suffragette City/The Pankhursts

Make sure you come on this Pankhurst tour, the only one in Manchester which goes to the Pankhursts’ shop (yes, I bet you didn’t know they had a shop in Manchester city centre) and gives the accurate political background to the infamous Free Trade Hall rally in October 1905. We have made a forensic and in-depth study …
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