Pre-Conference Cultural Encounter, Post-Conference Nature Encounter

July 30th. Newcomers’ DinnersDelegates wishing to meet up with others on the evening before the conference begins should contact Carmen Faye Mathes (ICR U.S. Liaison) by July 1: Groups of five or six, including a host, will meet at a restaurant in town for a meal (everyone paying their own way) on Tuesday evening, July 30th.

July 30th. Pre-Conference Registration Table. If you arrive on the 30th, you can pick up your conference pack between 5-8pm at HOME (First Street) at our pop-up registration table in the ground-floor bar area. The first 50 delegates to pick up materials get a free drink ticket for the bar, thanks to a contribution from Romanticism on the Net.

July 30th. Pre-Conference Cultural Encounters. THESE ARE NOW FULLY BOOKED. 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). Because the number of people allowed into certain curated spaces at any one time is limited, we have a limited number of these guided tours available; first come, first serve.

August 3rd. Edale and Mam Tor. 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 9:30am at the Piccadilly train station, where you can buy a roundtrip train ticket (£12.10); the train from Manchester to Edale leaves at 9:49am and 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/appropriate attire recommended. Weather permitting, the views of the Peaks will be magnificent. All welcome.

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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; excellent cake in the cafe)

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 (contemporary and classic drama performed) 

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

02 Apollo

Manchester Academy

Band on the Wall


Thirsty Scholar