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Manchester’s Industrial Heritage Reading Group

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Manchester's Industrial Heritage Reading Group

Manchester’s Industrial Heritage Reading Group

Title: Manchester’s Industrial Heritage Reading Group
Location: MadLab
Description:Book club for readers interested in Manchester’s industrial heritage
Date: 02-04-2013
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 office@madlab.org.uk or leave a comment below.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Heritage Lottery Fund

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.

Mary Barton’s Manchester

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
Mary Barton's Manchester

Mary Barton’s Manchester

Title: Mary Barton’s Manchester walking tour
Location: Walking tour around Manchester, starting from Piccadilly Gardens.
Description: Join us for a stroll exploring the Manchester of Elizabeth Gaskell’s Mary Barton.
Date: 16-06-2013
Start Time: 13:00
End Time: 16:00
Booking: Grab a spot here!

Published in 1848, Mary Barton – subtitled ‘A Tale of Manchester Life’ – is Elizabeth Gaskell‘s first novel. Painting a picture of the conditions of the working class in Manchester between 1839 – 1842, this work of fiction takes place in and around Manchester and Liverpool. Gaskell was a long time resident of Manchester, and much of the story takes place in locations there are still visible today.

MadLab has been hosting the Manchester Industrial Heritage Reading Group, and after two sessions, we’ve decided to trawl the streets to get a better understanding of the novel and characters in the book.

The tour will start from Piccadilly Gardens, and we will visit key locations from the story, read relevant passages and have a good old natter about the life and times of the working class and the relevance of the book today. Wear stout walking boots, and bring an umbrella just in case.

There is still time to read the story before the trip! You can also read Mary Barton on your e-reader for free, curtesy of Project Gutenberg. If you haven’t read it, watch this video to find why you should!

Please send any enquires you may have to office@madlab.org.uk

This book club is a series of MadLab events about the history of the Northern Quarter, called The Ghosts of St Pauls. 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 – 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.