This page lists guided tours of Manchester which cover radical history themes. None of them are organised by Manchester’s Radical History, so you’ll need to contact the organisers for more information. If you organise other tours which you’d like listing, please contact us.
The Autumn 2010 issue of HerStoria magazine includes a Manchester Women’s Walk article by regular MRH contributor Michael Herbert. See here for details on getting hold of a copy.
Not known as a hotbed of political radicalism, Manchester Confidential‘s new (?) range of tours does include some that might be of interest to MRH readers, including ‘Radical Manchester’ and ‘Out in the Past, Gay and Lesbian Heritage Trail’.
New Manchester Walks runs a range of walking tours through the city – some concentrating more on historical pubs or gory endings than political history, but others firmly focused on events like the Peterloo massacre or eras like medieval & Georgian Manchester or the Blitz. See here for more. As of spring 2010, NMW has also teamed up with the People’s History Museum to offer walks on subjects such as free/fair trade, the struggle for universal suffrage and the Peterloo Massacre. See the museum’s calendar for dates and time.
OVER THE RAINBOW run a Gay Manchester guided walk “through the entertaining yet turbulent history of LBGT Manchester, finishing at the open and vibrant but once closeted Gay Village. 2010 dates: Sunday 26 September, Sunday 24 October, Sunday 28 November. Starts 1pm from Manchester Town Hall (entrance steps – Albert Square). Adults £6, Concessions £5. Contact 07887 676076 or 07775 668639
Salford City Council occasionally runs Heritage Walks which include aspects of the city’s social and political history. No dates had been announced at the time of writing, but keep an eye on this link for future information.
Weaste Cemetery Trail
Grade II listed Weaste Cemetery, opened in 1857, is the final resting place of many famous figures throughout history, including Joseph Brotherton, MP for Salford 1832, Sir Charles Halle, founder of the Halle Orchestra, Busby Babe Eddie Colman and local legend Mark Addy. In the Victorian age cemeteries were considered to be amenities like parks and gardens and were usually designed in a similar way. Weaste Cemetery was no exception and its beautiful design makes for a peaceful and atmospheric site. You can find out more about the heritage and ecology of Weaste with the Weaste Cemetery Trail, which points out the highlights of the 39 acre green oasis. Downloadable guide to the trail here.
The Wythenshawe Heritage Trail website offers information on a DIY history walk around the “ancient townships of Northenden, Baguley and Northen Etchells” and some of the area’s more modern past. The site has information and a print-ready downloadable map of the walk, with information on how to get there by bus and on the many sights on the route.