6th Feb 2014: A History of Manchester as Seen in its Historic Buildings by Ken Moth


Manchester cathedral

Come along to the Castle Hotel on the 6th of February at 7pm for a bite to eat and listen to Ken share some of the history of the Great City of Manchester…


Title of talk:

A history of Manchester as seen in its historic buildings


Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

Surviving historic building types, styles and materials can tell us much about the history of a place.

Manchester is a special place with a special story to tell.

A few paragraphs on your subject:

Fifty years ago there was almost nothing published about the architecture of Manchester, which one prominent commentator described as ‘irredeemably ugly’. The historic built environment tells us much about the social, cultural and technological development of a place and its citizens. Manchester has a long and notable history in both regional and national affairs. It spans medieval prosperity, the shock and benefits of the industrial revolution addressing issues of technology, exploitation, poverty and wealth creation, the striving for emancipation and equity and the development of cultural and educational institutions. This short talk will give an overview of this history up to 1914 as seen in the historic built fabric of the city. Since then Manchester has had to re-invent itself once more, such is the constant flow of history.


A few paragraphs about you:

Ken Moth is a native of Manchester, a retired architect who specialised in the re-use of historic buildings, an active member of the Victorian Society and has a keen interest in all aspects of history.


What free internet knowledge resources do you use?:

  • Manchester by Clare Hartwell (Pevsner Architectural Guides)
  • A History of Manchester by Stuart Hylton
  • Manchester Centre for Regional History http://www.mcrh.mmu.ac.uk/


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