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Engels and the worker bee: the importance of engaging with Manchester’s past

Engels and the worker bee: the importance of engaging with Manchester’s past

To understand Manchester we must understand its industrial history, argues George Walker
‘From Gradgrind to Graphene’

‘From Gradgrind to Graphene’

The 2014 Foundation Day Lecture saw Professor Jeanette Winterson deliver a passionate talk about the radical history of Manchester
Manchester: a literary city?

Manchester: a literary city?

If you thought the rainy city didn’t have much to offer in terms of literature, think again. Manchester has inspired generations of great writers and is now home to a vibrant literary scene.
Canal streets

Canal streets

The words ‘Canal’ and ‘Manchester’ may nowadays be most associated with a famous street, but 250 years ago they became synonymous with the dawn of a new era in Britain. The world at that time was changing dramatically, as pioneers of new technology invented machines that would bring the fruits of manual labour to the wider world and propel standards of living to levels beyond imagination. Mancunion Photo Editor, Nicholas Bojdo The words ‘Canal’ and ‘Manchester’ may nowadays be most associated with a famous street, but 250 years ago they became synonymous with the dawn of a new era in Britain. The world at that time was changing dramatically, as pioneers of new technology invented machines that would bring the fruits of manual labour to the wider world and propel standards of living to levels beyond imagination. Between 1740 and 1901 the population increased fivefold thanks to improved living conditions, sanitation and healthcare. During that time the urban landscape of Manchester changed considerably, thanks in part to the emergence of a new transport system: the Canal.

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