Metro Modern – mapping Modernist Manchester

docksFree discovery tours – and map plotting! 

Manchester Modernist Society have always loved a good map, and we’ve long wanted to produce a map of the fabulous modernist heritage of the City. We are now pleased to say that, with a bit of help from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we are about to embark on a plan to map our very favourite city centre buildings and produce some real – yes, real – paper maps to help people explore the twentieth century heritage of Manchester and Salford.

To make things easier for those of you who might want a little rest along the way, we are going to more or less follow the routes of the three free to use Metro Shuttle Buses  that wind their way through central Manchester – so, whilst discovering the city, you will be able to hop on and off to your heart’s content.

Before we start drawing our maps, we need your help!

Manchester Modernist Society would like to invite you to join us on one of six discovery tours, where we will discover and share the story of social progress, scientific achievement, commercial development and cultural and religious change. From the early Paramount Cinema to the UK’s first purpose-built TV Studios (Granada); from the Scandinavian modernism of Oxford Rd Station to the brutal intrusion of the Mancunian Way; from the Manchester Polytechnic to the scientific achievements at UMIST; from the International style of the CIS tower to an erotic Cinema on Oxford Road, there is a fascinating wealth and variety of history that should be identified, explored and celebrated.. and we want you to share your knowledge, stories and information with us.

So, please join our guide and expert on Manchester Modernism – Mr. Eddy Rhead on one (or both) of our walks …

Tours – and map plotting!

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Saturday 27th April at 10.30am – Route 2 –  Free to attend (NB this is a repeat of walk #2 for those who missed out the first time) reserve your place by clicking here.

Saturday 27th April at 2.00pm – Route 3  – Free to attend (NB this is a repeat of walk #3 for those who missed out the first time) reserve your place by clicking here.

N.B. As ever, the walks take place in the open air and good weather cannot be guaranteed; please dress accordingly and be prepared for a walking session which will take around three hours.

Places are limited.

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  1. Barry

    Do either of these routes include the former UMIST campus?

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