Watch Me Manchester: Trippin’ through the Midlands

Watch Me Manchester: Trippin’ through the Midlands

And again, the summer rain was following us to Manchester. And, it was dark and industrially gloomy just like the city itself.

Watch Me Manchester: Trippin' through the Midlands

Manchester turned into one of the most important European cities during the Industrial Revolution in the late 18th century. Cotton, picked by slaves in the US became the most valuable import and hundreds of factories were opened due to quickly expanding the textile industry. Even the Manchester Town Hall has a cotton ball on top of it showing the importance of it to Mancunians. Even in Australia among other countries, we call sheets, blankets, and other linens: Manchester, which perfectly highlights the superiority of Manchester in the textile industry.

The outbreak of Civil War in America meant cotton shortages for Manchester paired with the overall refusal to buy cotton picked by slaves. In 1863 US president, Abe Lincoln wrote a letter thanking Mancurians for their anti-slavery stance.

During the Great Depression Manchester experienced a steady economic decline and with the rising foreign competition, it was impossible to win. Manchester played a key role during WWII becoming an industrial aircraft manufacturer. Due to this, the city was bombed regularly and had to be restored almost fully after the war.

However, in the early 1950s, the city is rising as a football superpower and during 70s a great and varied music scene is born. During this time, abandoned warehouses are turned into music venues and clubs and Manchester experiences a cultural boom. Bee Jeez, Oasis and my personal favourite, The Smiths, all found their roots in Manchester.

You also need to visit the infamous Canal Street, the centre of the Manchester Gay Village. During difficult times of repressions against homosexual men and prostitutes, both minority groups used to pair up at parties when police were conducting checks, therefore creating the illusion of heterosexual couples.

Walking distance away is the Manchester University, home for many bright minds and Novel Prize winners, like Ernst Rutherford, who was one of the first to win the prize in chemistry for his work on radioactivity. As well as Kostya Novoselov and Andrei Geim for the discovery of graphene – the world’s thinnest material.

Alan Turing was teaching at Manchester University, where he was working on software for one of the earliest true computers. The movie, The Imitation Game, depicts his life, which ended tragically and until this day causes a great deal of controversy. Manchester has changed dramatically since its early days into the industrial revolution. The rise in some industries sometimes meant a decline in others and visa versa.

Manchester has changed dramatically since its early days into the industrial revolution. The rise in some industries sometimes meant a decline in others and vice versa. The Royal Exchange building was turned into a theatre. And massive warehouses that once served as amazing live music venues in the 70s are now turned into expensive and extravagant loft apartments. Life goes on, but Manchester will always carry a great deal of history that’s filling every corner of this magnificent city.

Watch Me Manchester: Trippin’ through the Midlands

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