The Industrial Revolution and England
From Industrialists to Marxists - the history
Explore the early beginnings of world changing thinking
Nicknamed ‘Cotton City’, or Cottonopolis, Manchester once sent cotton goods around the world. Out of the world’s first industrial city came remarkable men and women, whose capacity for radical thought drove the industrial revolution and challenged social injustice. We discover the fascinating heritage of railways, canals and cotton mills; contrasting the lives of the cotton workers with the imposing architecture of Manchester Town Hall.
We will dine in the hotel where Rolls met Royce and browse the shelves of the oldest free public library in the world, where Marx met Engels. With the help of leading authorities in industrial heritage and political history we will deepen our understanding of why Manchester not only led the industrial revolution, but also bore witness to the rise of the Co-operative movement, Trade Unionism and the struggle for votes for ordinary people.
Today, Manchester is a modern, vibrant, cosmopolitan city and this tour offers the opportunity for retail, theatre and musical interludes in addition to its heritage highlights.
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