Of all the cities in the UK, Manchester probably has the most interesting radical history. That's why we're celebrating Manchester's radical roots with a new tea towel showing these 28 locations from the city's inspiring past:
1 Chetham Library where Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles studied in 1845.
2 Site of Peterloo massacre, 1819.
3 Statue of Women’s suffrage campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928).
4 Statue of Abraham Lincoln who wrote a letter in 1863 thanking the workers of Manchester for their support of the Northern States against slavery.
5 Statue of Robert Owen (1771-1858), founder of the cooperative movement.
6 Statue of John Bright (1811-1889), radical Liberal statesman, campaigner against the Corn Laws.
7 Statue of Friedrich Engels (1820-1895) who worked at his father’s factory in Salford and who collaborated with Karl Marx in Manchester.
8 Homeless Jesus sculpture, a copy of the original by Timothy Schmalz.
9 Statue of Richard Cobden (1804-1865), radical and Liberal MP, campaigner against the Corn Laws.
10 Statue of Oliver Heywood (1825-1892), philanthropist and anti-slavery campaigner.
11 Statue of William Gladstone (1809-1898), champion of equality of opportunity, opponent of protectionism.
12 ‘Adrift’ sculpture by John Cassidy, 1907.
13 Alan Turing memorial by Glyn Hughes, 2001 - Turing (1912-1954) worked at Manchester University after World War II before being prosecuted for his sexuality and committing suicide.
14 People’s History Museum.
15 Transgender Memorial.
16 Tree of Remembrance, sculpture memorialising civilians killed during World War II.
17 John Rylands Library.
18 Mechanics’ Institute, location of first meeting of the TUC in 1868.
19 Former home of Richard Cobden (1804-1865).
20 Former location of York Hotel where the Anti-Corn Law League met.
21 Free Trade Hall, built to commemorate the repeal of the Corn Laws and where workers agreed to boycott the Southern States for their stance on slavery in 1862.
22 Birthplace of Lydia Becker, founder of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage.
23 Pankhurst Centre, home of Emmeline Pankhurst, founder of the WSPU.
24 Church House, where the modern LGBT movement began in 1964.
25 Gay Village, core of the massive demonstration against Section 28 in 1988.
26 Working Class Movement Library, Salford.
27 The Crescent pub, Salford, where Marx and Engels met to discuss politics.
28 Site of ‘Little Ireland’, where extreme poverty made a deep impression on Engels.
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As I come from a family of radical Mancunians, and have pictures of some named here in my man cave, I think this is a really well thought out thing. It has the high production values of everything this company produces. Buy one for the lefties you love, and the Tories you tease in the northwest
So interesting and lots of info I didn’t know about my home city. Definitely be going on my wall instead of drying pots
Strong material and fun facts.
I lived and worked in Manchester in the sixties so was thrilled to see this teatowel and of course it is very high quality and has the hanging loop!