Pre-Conference Cultural Encounter, Post-Conference Nature Encounter

July 30th. There will be an opportunity when you register to sign up for a free day of ‘cultural encounters’ in Manchester on the day before the conference begins, July 30th. The day includes an itinerary of scholar- and curator-led tours of Chetham’s Library, the John Rylands Library, the Whitworth Gallery, the Manchester Art Gallery, and the Portico Library, focused on objects and sites of particular interest to Romanticists, including works by J. M. W. Turner, Francisco de Goya, and William Blake; Ford Madox Brown’s Manfred on the Jungfrau; the Peterloo Relief Fund Account Book; the nook in Chetham’s Library where Marx and Engels would meet with the books they read there; and more. Plan to arrive one day early to take advantage of these guided encounters, coordinated by Naomi Billingsley (John Rylands Research Institute).

August 3rd. On the Saturday following the conference, August 3rd, conference delegates may join an excursion to the Peak District for a walk of a few hours starting from Edale, ascending Mam Tor, and ending at a pub in the same village from where we set out. We’ll meet around 11am at the Piccadilly train station, where you can buy a roundtrip train ticket (~12GBP); the train from Manchester to Edale takes about 30-40 minutes. Walkers should bring a lunch, but it’s easy to find something to pack at the train station (which has Pret-a-Manger, Caffe Nero, etc.). Hiking shoes recommended. Weather permitting, the views of the Peaks will be magnificent as we climb Mam Tor.

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Converse concerning Weight & Distance in the Wilds of Newton & Locke?

So Los spoke standing on Mam-Tor, looking over Europe & Asia:

The Graves thunder beneath his feet from Ireland to Japan.

From William Blake, Jersualem


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William Blake’s The Ancient of Days (above) is part of the permanent collection at the Whitworth Gallery on Oxford Road, Manchester.


Chetham’s Library (a hangout for Marx and Engels; also boasts what may be the oldest surviving cat door)

Elizabeth Gaskell House (where she lived)

HOME (independent film cinema, theatre, art space, DJ booth, restaurant, bar)

John Rylands Library (notable Romantic-period antislavery collections, medical collections, and Peterloo materials)

Manchester Art Gallery (Turner, pre-Raphaelites, etc.)

People’s History Museum (essential viewing: Peterloo history)

Portico Library (opened in 1806)

Quarry Bank Mill (cotton mill and estate built in 1784, one of the best preserved textile mills of the Industrial Revolution, located just outside Manchester)

Royal Exchange Theatre

Whitworth Art Gallery (lots of Blake, a Goya/Hogarth exhibit)

Working Class Movement Library (notable collection of Thomas Paine documents)


Night & Day Cafe

02 Ritz

Manchester Academy

Band on the Wall


Thirsty Scholar