Mary Barton’s Manchester

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!

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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.

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