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Friedrich Engels’s Manchester

Next walk: Saturday 9 October 2021, 2.30pm. Booking: SOON, *** Follow in the footsteps of Friedrich Engels, the German cotton merchant and secret revolutionary who spent his working life in Manchester making capitalist money so that he could live the life of a bourgeois, riding with the Cheshire Hunt at the weekends, but researching social …
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Formidable Women of Manchester

Next walk: Meet: Midland Hotel, Peter Street. Booking: For now this walk has been shelved owing to a number of bouts of extremely bad behaviour by two different groups of women who have nothing better to do than leave their houses with the sole purpose of disrupting someone’s tour. Bizarre and inexplicable. When the guide …
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Left-Wing Manchester – From German Fred to Red Ed

Next tours: This tour has now been subsumed into the Marx & Engels, Pankhursts and Peterloo tours. 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 …
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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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Tory Manchester

Next tour: to kick-off the Tory conference in Manchester, Sun 29 September 2019, 12 noon. Meet: TfGM Travelshop, 12 noon. Booking: Please press here to book a no-deal with eventbrite.   George the Chancellor said on Wednesday 3 December 2014: “Our ambition is to build a northern powerhouse as a complement to the strength of …
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Suffragette City/The Pankhursts

The next walking tours are FREE but please book on Eventbrite so that we can regulate numbers: Date: Sunday 10 October 2021, 12 noon. Meet: Emmeline Pankhurst statue, St Peter’s Square. 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 …
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