Category Archives: Manchester

Shirley Baker: Women and Children; and Loitering Men

Photographs of streets and their occupants in Salford, Moss Side, Hulme and Ancoats in the 1960s and 70s. The exhibition in Manchester Art Gallery also had recorded reminiscences from people who had featured in the shots.  Even allowing for an … Continue reading

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Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night was the first Shakespeare our class had to read. Fourth form, I think. It culminated in a visit the Derngate Theatre – Jane Lapotaire as Viola and Frank Thornton as Malvolio. Judging by the frequency of productions of … Continue reading

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Manchester today

First stop was the Art Gallery, where there is an offshoot of the exhibition I saw this last year at the Barbican: “Strange and Familiar“. This time round, Shinro Ohtake’s photographs from his first visit to Britain in 1977 stood … Continue reading

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Wynford Dewhurst: Manchester’s Monet

I ended my day in Manchester yesterday with a visit to the exhibition of paintings by Wynford Dewhurst (1864-1941) at the art gallery. Dewhurst insisted that Impressionism was rooted in British landscapes, citing Constable and Turner as influences. Perhaps . … Continue reading

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St Peter’s House, Manchester

Even in the morning gloom, it looks good. I like the slightly bowed shape, and it sits well opposite Central Library (which, I was surprised to learn, dates from the 1930s). And clad in Portland stone! No expense spared – … Continue reading

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Fashion on the Ration

A very well-curated and informative exhibition at the IWM North of wartime clothing, uniforms and fashion. It was fascinating to see the lengths that women went to to be smart when clothing was rationed, silk stockings were a distant memory, … Continue reading

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Imperial War Museum North

Shades of Rita Tushingham and Dora Bryan as the tram carried me across sunny central Manchester and out to Salford Quays. But not quite comparable: they were on a bus, and, even in a 1961 black and white film, there … Continue reading

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