Manchester Histories Festival

Book launch of Manchester: Making the Modern City

Come and celebrate the publication of a stunning new book on the history of Manchester.

Every town and city has its story, but few have a history that is essential to understanding how the modern world was made. Manchester was the first industrial city and arguably the first modern city. During the industrial revolution it became the centre of the world's trade in cotton goods, yet as the industrial base on which the city and region had depended for two centuries collapsed, the city had to take a new path. This it has done with remarkable success and twenty-first century Manchester is recognised as the post-industrial city that has been most triumphant in reinventing itself.

Written by leading experts on the history of the city, and with numerous insights and unexpected stories, Manchester: Making the Modern City is a wonderfully illustrated and affordable book that is essential for understanding what Manchester has been and what it can become.

Speeches will begin at 6.15pm by Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council, and the editors of the book, Professor Alan Kidd and Dr Terry Wyke.

Refreshments will be served.

The paperback will be available to purchase at the event for just £10 (recommended retail price is £14.95).


Wed 8 Jun 2016 6pm - 7.30pm


Manchester Central Library

St. Peter's Square, Manchester, M2 5PD,




Book online here

More information

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Event category

Culture, Industrial heritage, Migration, Radical Manchester, Science

Event type

Free events, Learning

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