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Clock Tower


You have just about a year to be taken round Manchester Town Hall by the effortlessly entertaining guides of New Manchester Walks.

This is a journey into the historical heart of the city’s greatest building, its architecture, paintings and politics.

Please book through eventbrite by clicking “Continue Reading” below and following the link for the date you require.

* The cost is £8 and the tour lasts two hours.

* Dates, below.
Sun 29 Jan, 11am.
Sun 5 February, 11am.
Mon 6 February, 11am.
Sun 12 Feb, 11am.
Wed 22 Feb, 11am.
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Historic Canal Cruise – SUNDAY 26 FEBRUARY

• Our popular canal cruise leaves at 11am and includes illuminating one way commentary by the queen of canal guides Salford-born Sue Grimditch, plus the usual great service from the crew of the L S Lowry barge, as we make our way along the Bridgewater canal, through Pomona Lock and onto the Manchester Ship Canal, the Quays and Media City.
• Please book through eventbrite or, 0843 208 0500. Cost: £18.
• Meet at the water’s edge outside the Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, M3 4JR.
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It’s what you’ve been waiting for: Ed Glinert and co. taking you or your group, club, works outfit, society … around this magnificent building.
• Public dates: Sun 15 Jan (SOLD OUT), Sun 26 Feb (SOLD OUT), Sun 2 Apr, Sun 21 May – all at 1.30pm.
• Meet outside the hotel on Peter Street.
• Please book through Quaytickets or eventbrite to avoid disappointment.
• Also ideal for private tours for groups of around 20 people.

Hear the history, soak in the sleek style and lounge in its luxurious locations. Then, when the tour’s over, take tea and tiffin or a tipple in the Octagon bar. What a great way of spending two hours or so!
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Town Hall courtyard


As you may have read in the press or on the internet Manchester Town Hall has introduced a new “Back of House” tour which will run on three Sundays: 5 Feb, 5 March and 2 April at 1pm and 3pm from the Lloyd Street entrance (although more slots might be added if there is sufficient take-up). The tour lasts an hour and there is only room for a dozen or so people it needs to booked through eventbrite to ensure a place. Please note this is not an historical tour and has been devised by the council.
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If you don’t fancy a walk, book us for a talk!

Ed Glinert is back giving talks with a monthly slot at Central Library and regular dates at Manchester Cathedral, so book him for your social club, U3A group, Probus set, National Trust outfit or local history society to give an illustrated talk on one of a huge variety of subjects:
* The Pankhursts.
* 10 Manchester Inventions That Shook the World.
* Peterloo.
* Royal Scandal Through the Ages.
* The Lonely Life of L. S. Lowry.
* Engels & Marx in Manchester.
* The Manchester Ship Canal.
* Alan Turing.
* The Fenian Hangings of 1867.
* The Secret History of Manchester.
* Manchester architecture (how the city’s main buildings stole their design from existing works).
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IF YOU WANT TO DISCOVER MANCHESTER read on, for the perfect introduction to the city

Manchester is the first city of the industrial revolution, the city that shaped the modern world, the industrial strength city. Whether you’re new to Manchester or looking to be refreshed at the parts reached before, the “Welcome to Manchester” tour is the only choice, taking you to the great sights, the landmark locations, the must-see attractions.

In January and February we are running this for private bookings only: small groups, big groups, medium-sized groups. Contact us on 07769 29 8068 for more details.
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Ancoats mills

Ancoats: Workshop of the World – SUNDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Next tour: Sun 5 February 2017.
Meet: Outside the Band on the Wall, 1.30pm.

Industry began in Ancoats, a factory hoot from Manchester city centre. In 1700 this had been a semi-rural enclave by the river Medlock, Ancoats Hall home to the lords of the Manchester manor. By 1800 this was a teeming, squalid suburb, blackened with soot, deafened with the noise of thundering machinery, the smell of belching smoke hanging in the air.

The conditions were shocking: the noise of thundering machinery, suffocating air, high accident rates and notorious employment practices at the expense of an emaciated, underpaid workforce slave-driven for unsustainably long hours amidst disease, darkness, damp and desperate heat, living in dingy streets of tiny workers’ houses, jerry-built two-up two down brick boxes standing back-to-back so that as many properties as possible could be squeezed into the smallest of spaces.

The late 20th century saw Ancoats die. The mills shut, the workshops wound down, the canal almost dried up. Now it’s all cleaned up. The mills are modern workshops; the factories smart apartments, while new developments such as the much lauded New Islington project with its funkily named Chips Building and Dutch-styled houses are attracting investment…
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The Pankhursts: Suffragette City – SATURDAY 14 JANUARY 2017

• Christabel: suffragette icon, arrested at the Free Trade Hall, locked in Strangeways.
• Sylvia: suffragette icon, joshed with Lenin, befriended Haile Selassie. MI5 called her “the tiresome Miss Sylvia Pankhurst”.
• Emmeline: suffragette icon, Independent Labour Party campaigner, Tory Party candidate (not at the same time).

Walk in the footsteps of the family who won women the vote on Saturday 14 January.
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