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19/01/2021

Elizabeth Gaskell’s Manchester: ZOOM talk for Trafford Libraries

This talk: Tue 19 January 2021.
Meet: On your computer.
Booking: with Trafford Libraries

A word from the guide
This is the only Elizabeth Gaskell walking tour in Manchester which peruses the author’s Manchester haunts in great detail, including a peek at some antiquarian Gaskell books at the Portico Library, takes you to the (site of the) author’s Chorlton-on-Medlock house AND to her earlier residency on Dover Street, with its own remarkable history.

That’s because this tour is led by Ed Glinert, the only official Manchester tour guide who is also an author, published by Penguin, Bloomsbury, Random House and HarperCollins.

A word about the author
Elizabeth Gaskell published Mary Barton: A Tale of Manchester Life anonymously in 1848.

At last a novel that dealt with the local society of the world’s first industrial city in all its raw brutality!

Indeed with its harsh portrayal of the capitalist bosses who ran Manchester industry and commerce it caused something of a stir throughout the city.

The good folk who worshipped at the Cross Street Unitarian Chapel alongside her and her husband, William, the minister were horrified and suspected they were the target. How more horrified they were when they discovered the identity of the author!

Mary Barton was the first of an excellent series of novels that made Elizabeth Gaskell a major novelist. We will follow in her footsteps through haunts – the Portico Library, Cross Street Chapel, the Fever Hospital, Dover Street – which have changed (a bit), but where the tales still tell through the misty decades, and finish at the re-opened and quite wonderful Elizabeth Gaskell House in Chorlton-on-Medlock.

How the tour works
We start with a simple walk through town, looking at some key Gaskellite sites, including a stop at the Portico Library (where Mr Gaskell was chairman but which Mrs Gaskell could not join – a-ha, interesting), then take a short bus-trip to the University area to explore Dover Street, barely noticeable but packed with the most remarkable and unpredictable history, and finally another short stroll to Elizabeth Gaskell’s House.
* Please note there is an admission charge of £4.95 for the Elizabeth Gaskell House but the ticket lasts a year so you can go back.

Yes, it takes some time this one, but it’s worth it!

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Start: 19/01/2021 2:00 pm
End: 19/01/2021 3:15 pm
Venue: Your computer!
Address:
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Cost: Free

23/01/2021

Underground Manchester (on ZOOM)

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New in 2020 and 2021
What an alternative! Underground Manchester, the full tour, on Zoom.

 

 

 

This tour: Sat 23 January 2021 at 12 noon.
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.
Meet: On your laptop and mine. Just checking your paying attention!

Next tour: A week later, another tour: Sat 30 January 2021, 5.30pm.
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.
Meet: On your laptop and mine. Just checking your paying attention!

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This is the hour+plus de-luxe Underground Manchester tour taking you from the comfort of your living room into the city’s biggest WWII air-raid shelter, through the subterranean canal, underneath the Cathedral and at last into the atomic bunker.

It’s the on-line version of what was for years the second most popular walking tour in the country, featured in the Manchester Evening NewsDaily Telegraph and on Granada Reports.

So, no longer do you have to don stout boots and descend several hundred feet into an air-less chamber filled with ankle-breaking boulders. It also means we can examine every interesting hidden nook and cranny without breaking sweat. Eureka!

It’s a weird and wild world below. Come with us and find out why!

Cost: £7.50.

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Start: 23/01/2021 12:00 pm
End: 23/01/2021 1:30 pm
Venue: Your computer
Address:
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Cost: £8.50

25/01/2021

The Pankhursts: Suffragette City on Zoom

Next tour is on Zoom: Monday 9 January 2021, 7.30pm.
Meet: On your computer. Pay attention!
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.

It is just over a hundred years (1 December 1919) since a woman entered the British Parliament for the first time. American socialite Nancy Astor won a by-election for the Unionists in Plymouth Sutton, ironically replacing her husband, Waldorf Astor, who had just been ennobled.

The campaign to win women the vote and the right to enter the Commons had been raging ever since more than a dozen people were killed and hundreds injured at the Peterloo Massacre in Manchester in 1819. Henry Hunt, the main speaker at the Peterloo rally that never happened, later became the first MP to put forward a bill to allow women to vote in general elections, but that was back in the 1830s. Two generations later the Pankhurst family took over the campaign, leading one of the most bitter and brutal political battles in British history, for many years from Manchester.

Partial victory was celebrated in 1918 when (some) women were at last allowed to vote and stand. One woman was elected, but never took her seat. A year later Nancy Astor made up for it.

Hear the full story on this eye-opening guided tour.

!!STOP PRESS!!
This is the only Pankhurst tour 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 of this extraordinary story. Discover Manchester’s cataclysmic connections…

…read on below.

 

Further study
In August 1819 at least a dozen people were killed demonstrating for the right to vote at St Peter’s Fields, Manchester. Nearly a hundred years later, in 1903, the Pankhurst family, disgusted with the Independent Labour Party’s refusal to allow women to use the newly-opened Pankhurst Hall in north Manchester, founded the Women’s Social and Political Union to step up the campaign for the right of women to have the vote in parliamentary elections.

What had been a sedate pressure group, willing to stay within the law to change the law, soon became militant. The women suffrage supporters (“suffragettes,” the Daily Mail called them) disrupted a Liberal Party rally in the Free Trade Hall in 1905 and two of their leaders – Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney – were jailed. Manchester had become Suffragette City, but it took a generation and many thousands of broken windows for women to secure the vote.

This is a walk in memory of the Pankhursts – Emmeline, Christabel and Sylvia – fierce campaigners, resolute radicals. We visit their haunts, outline their struggle and follow in their footsteps.

An excerpt from the walk
When Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney were arrested for disrupting the Liberal Party’s political rally at the Free Trade Hall in October 1905 they were taken first to a cell in Manchester Town Hall and then to Strangeways Prison.

Soon one of the leading Liberal politicians of the day turned up at the prison offering to pay the women’s fines so that they could be quickly released. The philanthropic politician was none other than Winston Churchill, MP for Oldham, who had recently crossed the floor from the Conservative benches. But was this really a welcome move or just a cynical one? Surely if the women agreed to his offer he could champion himself as being in control of them …

 

Start: 25/01/2021 7:30 pm
End: 25/01/2021 8:45 pm
Venue: Your computer
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Cost: £8.50

28/01/2021

Manchester Town Hall De-Luxe Tour (on Zoom)

Next tour: Thursday 28 January 2021, 5.30pm.
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.
Meet: On your computer!
Cost
: £8.50.

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Manchester Town Hall – the full tour on Zoom!

Yes, while England’s greatest town hall is closed for renovations (reopening the 12th of Never) come with us on this ingenious alternative.

Ed Glinert, who has conducted more actual tours of Manchester Town Hall than any other guide and is about to publish a detailed book on the building, will be hosting this virtual Zoom tour.

This means we can enter every grand reception room, take in the awesomeness of the Great Hall, peruse the Ford Madox Brown murals, descend to the cobbled undercroft, marvel at the Gothic architecture, explain the religious symbolism, identify the statues, monitor the political set-up, recall the fascinating history…and without having to miss out key stops because a meeting room has been booked out.

This offers so much more than was covered in the old tours – and all from the comfort of your own laptop!

* Soon you’ll be able to buy Ed Glinert’s wonderful new book, “Manchester Town Hall: The First 140 Glorious Years”.

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Manchester’s municipal palace, in all its grand Gothic glory, comes alive with a tour devised by Ed Glinert, author of Penguin’s The Manchester Compendium.

This is the de-luxe tour – from the towering spires on the skyline to the mosaics on the foyer floor; from the flowing cotton tendrils in the state rooms to the ouroborus snake at the entrance; from the missing statue in the empty niche of the Great Hall to the tale of John Wycliffe’s bones defining the fifth Ford Madox Brown mural.

Town Hall clock tower - clock face

 

Start: 28/01/2021 5:30 am
End: 28/01/2021 6:45 pm
Venue: Your computer!
Address:
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Cost: £8.50

29/01/2021

Beatles’ Liverpool Coach Tour on Zoom

Join the North’s most prolific tour guide, Ed Glinert, former Mojo Production editor and author of Fodor’s Rock ’n’ Roll Traveller books, on this “Beatles’ Liverpool” Zoom coach tour.
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Start: 29/01/2021 7:30 pm
End: 29/01/2021 8:45 pm
Venue: Your computer
Address:
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Cost: 8.50

30/01/2021

Secret History of the Northern Quarter on ZOOM

Next tour is on Zoom: Saturday 30 January 2021, 11.30am.
Meet: On your computer!
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.

Boho Manchester, cool Manchester, modish Manchester, funky but chic Manchester.

It’s the Northern Quarter. A land of crumbling cotton factories, sky-scraping fire-escapes, Bohemian bars, downhome hidden spaces, cult markets, chic galleries and cardamom-scented, sizzingly-cheap curry cafes; a style haven shaped in marble, steel and beechwood, with streets named in Mediterranean tiles and pavements slabbed in mosaic.

There’s even a great history of political turmoil, a stretch of the last remaining back-to-back houses in the area, a number of Life on Mars locations and Mick Hucknall’s favourite curry cafe.

* It’s old Manchester renewed and new Manchester refreshed. It’s good. It’s modern.

Northern Quarter - Bowie

Start: 30/01/2021 11:30 am
End: 30/01/2021 12:45 pm
Venue: Your computer
Address:
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Cost: £8.50

30/01/2021

Pre-Raphaelites: Expert tour on ZOOM

Next tour is on Zoom: We can’t get into Manchester Art Gallery but this is the only alternative. 
Date:
Saturday 30 January 2021, 2.30pm.
Booking:
Please press here to book with eventbrite.

This is a tour in honour of women. Women who dazed and dazzled. Who starred and shone. Who glowed and gleamed through the canvas and the frames.

They were amongst the most feted women of the 19th century, captured for all time in intensely saturated luminous colour by William Holman Hunt, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and their circle, but their names are still barely known to the public: Jane Burden, Elizabeth Siddal, Emma Watkins, Alexa Wilding…

They were the Pre-Raphaelite women featured in some of the most important British paintings ever created including Autumn Leaves, Astarte Syriaca, Work, The Light of the World and The Hireling Shepherd which live in Manchester Art Gallery.

Ed Glinert, official Manchester tour guide and author of Penguin’s Manchester Compendium, leads this fascinating fact-filled tour around the gallery’s best loved Victorian models and their contemporaries.

* And before you scream “it’s a man!”, like Sarah Harris, yes, it’s Jesus, but it’s Jesus modelled by Christina Rossetti…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pre-Raphaelites were Britain’s most important art school. They were aesthetes and zealots determined to bring honesty, drama and colourful vitality to staid Victorian painting.

They were formed in 1848, the year of revolution across Europe. But this was no political coup. This was art terrorism, powered by Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.

Reacting against the reactionary nature of Joshua Reynolds and the Royal Academy, they wished to create a body of work similar in brightness of colour, attention to detail, and honest simplicity to the period of Italian painting prior to Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520).

Rossetti wanted the group’s name to include the then fashionable term “Early Christian”, but when Hunt objected he proposed “Pre-Raphaelite”. Rossetti then added the word “Brotherhood”, as he wanted the society to be secret, in line with the Italian political group the Carbonaris in that year of revolution across Europe. When the artists staged their first exhibition Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s The Girlhood of Mary Virgin was signed “PRB” to maintain the society’s air of mystery.

Manchester has an unrivalled collection of the PRB’s works, dominated by William Holman Hunt’s spiritual Light of the World, his daring Shadow of Death and the eerie Scapegoat. This is art which benefits from intense scrutiny; from unravelling and demystifying the religious connotations and human dramas involved.

Start: 30/01/2021 2:30 pm
End: 30/01/2021 3:45 pm
Venue: Your computer
Address:
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Cost: £8.50

30/01/2021

Underground Manchester (on ZOOM)

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New in 2020 and 2021
What an alternative! Underground Manchester, the full tour, on Zoom.

 

 

 

This tour: Sat 30 January 2021, 5.30pm.
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.
Meet: On your laptop and mine. Just checking your paying attention!

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This is the hour+plus de-luxe Underground Manchester tour taking you from the comfort of your living room into the city’s biggest WWII air-raid shelter, through the subterranean canal, underneath the Cathedral and at last into the atomic bunker.

It’s the on-line version of what was for years the second most popular walking tour in the country, featured in the Manchester Evening NewsDaily Telegraph and on Granada Reports.

So, no longer do you have to don stout boots and descend several hundred feet into an air-less chamber filled with ankle-breaking boulders. It also means we can examine every interesting hidden nook and cranny without breaking sweat. Eureka!

It’s a weird and wild world below. Come with us and find out why!

Cost: £7.50.

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Start: 30/01/2021 5:30 pm
End: 30/01/2021 6:45 pm
Venue: Your computer
Address:
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Cost: £8.75

31/01/2021

Secrets of MI5 – Zoom uncovering of the secret state

Next talk-tour: Sun 21 January 2021, 1pm UK time.
Meet: On your computer!
Cost: £8.50

It’s a nasty world out there. Spies, spooks, saboteurs, stooges and stool pigeons.

But here in MI5, the government’s intelligence wing devoted to internal security, we’re on the look-out for terrorist plots, assassinations of politicians and Trotskyite groups out to smash the system. You’ve seen Spooks? Pah, pussies! To devise this tour our guides had to break into Thames House, home of MI5, when no one was looking, photocopy all the tasty documents, make our exit without being noticed, take said intel to a secret location to learn it, remember it, eat it and then burn it.

We can however tell you what they don’t want you to know about:

• The assassination attempt on your favourite prime minister and how it was foiled.

• The chain of cold war installations stretching from London to Glasgow, built above the costly and useless atomic bunkers.

• How Harold Wilson was drive into paranoia by the bugs at No. 10 and quit in a mad rage.

• The assassination attempt on a legendary foreign secretary, suddenly called off at the last minute.

• How a king was removed from office before being crowned because he was a security risk.

…and a host of other missions; some successful, some not so.

So join the man from MI4 (one down from MI5), briefed by legendary tour guide and Penguin author Ed Glinert, to discover what the security services wished they knew.

Start: 31/01/2021 1:00 pm
End: 31/01/2021 2:30 pm
Venue: Your computer
Address:
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Cost: £8.50 or the equivalent in roubles

31/01/2021

Secrets of MI6 – Zoom uncovering of the secret state

This talk-tour: Sunday 21 January 2021.
Meet: On your laptop
Booking: Please press here to book with eventbrite.

James Bond isn’t available to take this tour into the secret world of MI6, so you’ll just have to make do with our man in the Foreign Office with the poisoned fountain pen and bugged bow-tie.

It’s a nasty world out there. Spies, spooks, saboteurs, stooges and stool pigeons.

But here in MI6, the government’s intelligence wing devoted to Britain’s interest overseas, we’re on the look-out for terrorist plots, attempted assassinations of politicians and royals, and enemy agents who speak like Hood in Thunderbirds.

You’ve seen Spooks? Pah, pussies! To devise this tour, our guides had to break into Vauxhall Cross, home of MI6, when no one was looking, photocopy all the tasty documents, make our exit without being noticed, take said intel to a secret location to learn it, remember it, eat it and then burn it.

We can however tell you what they don’t want you to know about:

• How a maths whizz single-handedly won the War despite MI6’s best efforts.

• Colonel Dansey’s “Z” network of spies.

• How a Bulgarian dissident was eliminated by a poisoned umbrella in the middle of London.

• The MI6 chief who cut off his own leg to rescue his son after a car crash.

• The vital supplies you’ll need if you find yourself held a prisoner-of-war.

Heed the advice of James Bond. If you are going to order a dry martini, shaken not stirred, make sure you add a Scotch Egg or you won’t get served.

So join the man from MI7 (one up from MI6), briefed by legendary tour guide and Penguin author Ed Glinert, to discover what the security services wished they knew.

Start: 31/01/2021 4:00 pm
End: 31/01/2021 5:30 pm
Venue: Your computer
Address:
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