Title: Manchester’s Industrial Heritage Reading Group
Description:Book club for readers interested in Manchester’s industrial heritage
Start Time: 19:00
End Time: 21:00
Are you interested in Manchester history – specifically turn of the 19th century? It was a time of great social and economic upheaval, where fortunes were made, squalor was squalled and people all over the world came to document and comment on the state of the world.
We invite you come join the latest reading group at MadLab. This group will focus on Manchester’s industrial heritage, reading a mixture of fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies and maybe even Engels’ The Condition of the Working Class in England.
The first meeting will be on the 2nd of April, Tuesday evening. They are free to attend, and have a loose discussion format. The first meeting will also be an opportunity for people to suggest new reading material and shape the direction of the group.
For the first book we will be reading …
Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. This story is set in Manchester between 1839 and 1842, and deals with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class. It is subtitled ‘A Tale of Manchester Life’.
Manchester Central Libraries will have several copies, but you can also read it on your eReader from Project Gutenberg. http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2153
Contenders for the next book include Love on the Dole, A Taste of Honey and Magnolia Street.
Would you like a copy of Mary Barton? We can arrange for books to be dropped off at MadLab, for you to pick up.
Do you have a book you can recommend? Please let us know! We would like to create a list of books delving into Manchester’s industrial past.
But if you’d like to know more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below.
This project is supported by an All Our Stories grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
All Our Stories, a brand-new small grant programme, launched earlier this year in support of BBC Two’s The Great British Story. It has been designed as an opportunity for everyone to get involved in their heritage. With HLF funding and support, community groups will carry out activities that help people explore, share and celebrate their local heritage.