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01/09/2019

SS GB Manchester – Hitler’s Plans for the City

SS GB Manchester – Hitler’s Plans for the City.
80 years since the start of World War Two


Next tour
: Sunday 1 September 2019, 12 noon.

Meet: Victoria Station wallmap.
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.

Jackboot-clad generals holding court at the Midland Hotel; the Town Hall festooned with Swastikas; Jews, gays, blacks rounded up at Central Station, Piccadilly and Victoria…

Far fetched? Well, similar events took place in Amsterdam, Warsaw and Paris. How close was Manchester to succumbing to the Nazi yoke?

An alarming journey through one city that the SS failed to reach.

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Here’s a sample from the tour…
A regular speaker at the Free Trade Hall in the 1930s was William Joyce, No. 2 in the British Union of Fascists.

During the war he was known as “Lord Haw Haw”, broadcaster of pro-Nazi propaganda over the wireless from Germany in English.

Just before WW2 began Joyce and his family fled to Berlin after a tip-off that he would be interned for the duration of the war. Friends in Germany put him in contact with Dr. Erich Hetzler, private secretary to Germany’s Foreign Minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop. Two weeks after the outbreak of war Joyce was appointed editor and speaker for the German transmitters for Europe.

William Joyce

Towards the end of the war, with the Red Army approaching Berlin, Joyce moved to Hamburg. After the war he was arrested near the Germany-Denmark border and was brought back to Britain.

As the plane neared the coast Joyce exclaimed:

“The white cliffs of Dover! God bless old England!”

The start of the trial was delayed by wrangling over his nationality (he was born in New York and raised in Ireland) but he was charged with committing treason between 3 September 1939 and 2 July 1940, when his British passport ran out.

Joyce was found guilty and hanged at Wandsworth Gaol in January 1946. He showed no emotion when confronted by news and scenes from the concentration camps, blaming the deaths on starvation and disease caused by Allied bombing of communication lines. He also scratched a swastika on the wall of his cell whilst awaiting sentence.

His last public message reported by the BBC was “In death as in life, I defy the Jews who caused this last war, and I defy the powers of darkness they represent.” He was buried in an unmarked grave in the grounds of the prison.

War - Assizes

Start: 01/09/2019 12:00 pm
End: 01/09/2019 1:45 pm
Venue: Victoria Station wallmap
Address:
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Victoria Station Approach, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 1PB
Cost: around £10

02/09/2019

Underground Manchester: “Don’t Mention the War!”

Meet: St Ann’s Church, St Ann’s Square, Manchester.

September 2019 tours:
Monday 2 September, 6pm.
Please press here to book with eventbriteSOLD OUT

Monday 2 September, 6.30pm.
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People of Manchester!
People of Britain!
People of the World!

It’s the long-awaited (after six years) return of Underground Manchester in …

“Underground Manchester – Don’t Mention the War!”

First August tour: Sunday 4 August, 2.30pm.
Meet: St Ann’s Church, St Ann’s Square, Manchester.
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.

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This is an exciting and entertaining brand new tour devised by Manchester’s hardest-working tour guides, New Manchester Walks.

We will descend beneath the city streets on a scintillating subterranean sensationalist and serious new tour.

* First, a warning. Manchester could be under attack from an awful airborne enemy. Various city centre buildings have been targeted. We will reveal the hit list.

* A well-known building in the city centre has been chosen as the secret government emergency HQ, should the enemy invade Manchester. Only we know its identity.

* We will take refuge from the Blitz in the subterranean shelters. Secure? We hope so.

* And then some good news! A different invading army is arriving in Manchester. They are friendly. They will bring with them luxuries we haven’t seen here for years: oranges, chocolate, tipped cigarettes, silk stockings…yes, where would we be without silk stockings?

* If we win the war we can all dance for joy in Albert Square.

* With that war over, there will now be a new, bigger threat. Don’t want to alarm anybody but can we take refuge from imminent nuclear annihilation?

* Phew! After all that you can go home into the safety of 21st century Manchester.

Our earlier Underground Manchester tour, remember, was England’s second most popular a few years ago. Only the London Jack the Ripper tour brought in more customers.

Booking: Strictly booking only for this one on eventbrite please, as numbers are limited.

Start: 02/09/2019
End: 02/09/2019
Venue: St Ann's Church
Address:
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St Ann Street, Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 7LF
Cost: £12.50

03/09/2019

Marx & Engels PRIVATE TALK, PRESTBURY

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Start: 03/09/2019
End: 03/09/2019
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04/09/2019

Marx & Engels PRIVATE TALK, BRAMHALL

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Start: 04/09/2019
End: 04/09/2019
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05/09/2019

Peterloo PRIVATE TALK, ASHTON

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Start: 05/09/2019
End: 05/09/2019
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05/09/2019

Radical Manchester

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From the library at Chetham’s, visit a collection of sites forming Manchester’s political and radical heart. See the home of radical journalism, the centre from where the old world was tipped off its axis, the city that sent the world plunging into industrialisation, the free city that helped devise communism, a home for Cooperation, suffragettes, chartists, socialists and trade unionists.

A city that defied the cotton famines, helped invent capitalism, controlled world trade, preached freedom and practised the opposite. Visit where these events took place, where injustice and hypocrisy found their counterparts in the courage of small people and end on the site of Peterloo. Have your opinions turned inside out on the very spots history was made.

John Alker visits the sites and shrines of Manchester’s Left involving Peterloo, Marx & Engels, women’s suffrage, trade unions, radicals & rebels.

Start: 05/09/2019 1:30 pm
End: 05/09/2019 3:15 pm
Venue: Victoria Station wallmap
Address:
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Victoria Station Approach, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 1PB
Cost: £10

06/09/2019

Treasures of the Manchester Libraries

Treasures of the Manchester Libraries
This tour:
Fri 6 September, 2pm.
Meet: At the entrance of John Ryland’s Library, Deansgate.
BookingPlease book here with eventbrite.


An unmissable opportunity to gaze in awe at literary rarities and first editions including the oldest piece of the New Testament in existence, first folios of Shakespeare, Newton’s Principia Mathematica, a very early banned Ulysses and other priceless treasures from the rare collections of three great Manchester libraries.
• Guide: Ed Glinert (Penguin author, editor of the Sherlock Holmes stories for Penguin Classics), at his antiquarian best.

First Edition

Portico - excellent

Start: 06/09/2019 2:00 pm
End: 06/09/2019 4:00 pm
Venue: John Rylands Library
Address:
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150 Deansgate, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 3EH
Cost: around £10

06/09/2019

Chilling Tales From the Manchester Graveyards

September 2019: Fri 6 Sep, 6pm.
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.

Enter, if you dare, a nether world of murder, assassination, hanging, homicide, regicide, talking corpses and some really nasty stuff. Tragic deaths and accidental deaths. Hoax deaths and bloody deaths. Death by hanging, death by shooting and sudden death. Those who didn’t die and those who should have died.

There are lot of unexplained deaths on this tour, as well as the odd decapitation, hanging and being buried alive. Tragic deaths and accidental deaths. Hoax deaths and bloody deaths.

Instant death. Slow, tortuous death. Death by hanging, death by shooting and sudden death. Those who didn’t die and those who should have died.

It’s a grave night out!

These are gruesome, ghastly and ghostly stories, especially when they involve those who weren’t supposed to be dead. Take the case of Manchester man John Beswick. He woke up some time in 1750 to find himself in a confined space, and then realised it was his own coffin. He banged on the roof and was rather relieved to find a crowd of people on the other side ready to release him. They were the mourners at his funeral. He wasn’t dead, just very tired.

His sister, Hannah, was so mortified of being similarly buried alive she asked a local doctor, Charles White, to check her corpse regularly once she had expired. In return she made a hefty donation to Dr White’s new infirmary, what is now the MRI in Chorlton-on-Medlock. Once looked as if Hannah had expired the doctor made sure by pickling her in vinegar and stuffing the body into a grandfather clock in her own house in east Manchester where the servants could check on her every day. Hannah Beswick remains dead.

This is just one of many deathly stories we’ve dug up and revived for this chilling tour with the equally frightening Ed Glinert.

It’s a grave night out!

 

Start: 06/09/2019 6:00 pm
End: 06/09/2019 7:40 pm
Venue: Victoria Station wallmap
Address:
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Victoria Station Approach, Manchester, United Kingdom, M3 1PB
Cost: around £10

07/09/2019

Hidden Gems of Manchester PRIVATE TOUR

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Start: 07/09/2019 11:00 am
End: 07/09/2019 1:00 pm
Address:
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07/09/2019

The Pankhursts: Suffragette City

September tour: Sat 7 Sep, 2.30pm.
Meet:
Emmeline Pankhurst statue, St Peter’s Square.
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.

On 28 December 1918 a woman was elected to the British Parliament for the first time. This is what the Suffragettes had been dreaming about for decades. This is why they had smashed the windows of the Treasury, raided 10 Downing Street and hidden in the crypt of the House of Commons. This is why they had disrupted a Liberal Party at the Free Trade Hall in 1905 and spat at a policeman. This is why Emily Davison had thrown herself in front of Anmer, the king’s horse, at the Derby. They had done all these things and more to persuade the British establishment that women should have the vote.

At last, early in 1918, the Liberal Coalition government had passed the Royal Assent, giving (some) women the vote at the next general election, whenever that would be, after the Great War. The day after the Armistice of 11 November the government announced that a general election would take place on 14 December.

It took fourteen days for the results to be announced (to allow returning soldiers to vote and for their votes to be counted). Sixteen women stood. Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, one-time treasurer of the Women’s Social and Political Union, founded by the Pankhursts in Manchester in 1903, stood for Labour in Rusholme but lost. Only one woman was elected. She had impeccable Manchester credentials and had once been sentenced to death by the British government.

New Manchester Walks celebrates the entry of women, well one woman, to Parliament in this guided tour of suffragette haunts in Manchester one hundred years after the first success.

Start: 07/09/2019 2:30 pm
End: 07/09/2019 4:15 pm
Venue: Emmeline Pankhurst Statue
Address:
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St Peter's Square, Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 5PD
Cost: £10
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