Are you interested in Manchester history – specifically turn of the 19th century? It was a time of great social and economic upheaval, where fortunes were made, squalor was squalled and people all over the world came to document and comment on the state of the world.

Manchester's Industrial Heritage Reading group at Madlab focuses on Manchester’s industrial heritage, reading a mixture of fiction, non-fiction, autobiographies and maybe even Engels’ The Condition of the Working Class in England.

The first book was Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, published in 1848. This story is set in Manchester between 1839 and 1842, and deals with the difficulties faced by the Victorian lower class. It is subtitled ‘A Tale of Manchester Life’.

They are free to attend, and have a loose discussion format.

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. It 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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