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.
August 3rd. On the Saturday following the conference, August 3rd, Clara Dawson and Emily Rohrbach will lead an excursion to the Peak District for a walk of a few hours starting from Edale. We’ll meet around 11am at the Piccadilly train station, where you can buy a roundtrip train ticket (~12GBP); the trip from Manchester to Edale is about 30 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.
William Blake’s The Ancient of Days (above) is part of the permanent collection at the Whitworth Gallery on Oxford Road, Manchester.
SOME CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS IN MANCHESTER: