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Whitworth Art Gallery

Whitworth Art Gallery

After the Whitworth's stunning £15 million development the gallery now is fully integrated into the park it calls home. An art garden by Sarah Price, sculpture terrace and orchard garden, alongside new spaces that embrace the park, such as a landscape gallery and a café in the trees, all reflect its beautiful setting. With double the room, and with exhibitions of new work by some of the world's leading artists alongside eclectic exhibitions drawn from its internationally rated collection of British watercolours, textiles, wallpapers and fine art, the Whitworth has become one of the city's must-see cultural destinations. For more information go to manchester.ac.uk/whitworth
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Museum of the Manchester Regiment

Museum of the Manchester Regiment

The Museum of the Manchester Regiment is currently closed whilst the redevelopment of the Town Hall is taking place. The Museum is still taking enquiries and offers during this time. Explore the history of the Manchester Regiment and learn about the experiences of generations of Manchester Regiment soldiers; what they did, where and why. Marvel at the fine collection of weapons, uniforms and medals and step inside the First World War trench for an experience of what life was like on the Western Front. The museum was winner of the Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2009 at the Manchester Tourism Awards. There is a full programme of exhibitions, events and interactive activities. Please call for more details. Entrance is free.
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The Stoller Hall

The Stoller Hall

New to the city in 2017, The Stoller Hall offers an unrivalled acoustic and a stunning visual backdrop for live music, conferencing and performance. Based within Chetham’s School of Music just metres from Victoria Station, it offers a completely new audience experience in the heart of the Medieval Quarter, with fully accessible facilities, bar and Box Office, as well as a smaller recital space in the Carole Nash Hall and a range of breakout rooms for smaller meetings, participatory or Outreach events. The Stoller Hall’s public performance programme combines classical and contemporary performance, chamber music and recitals with comedy, spoken word and debate. There’s something for families, for musicians, for adults who want to do more than just watch; there’s jazz, world music and masterclasses, and there are inspiring performances by the students of Chetham’s – the only specialist music school in the north of England, offering a world-class music and academic education to 300 of the finest young musicians from the UK and overseas. From free daily Lunchtime Concerts throughout the school term to full Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, they bring the freshest new musical talents to the city’s newest stage.
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HOME

HOME

From gallery to screen via café bar and bookshop, HOME redefines the contemporary arts centre, creating a space where ideas, hopes and moments of wonder ricochet off walls and lodge themselves in the headspace of audiences old and new. Following a highly anticipated opening weekend led by Danny Boyle in May 2015, HOME, Manchester's new centre for theatre, film and visual art has opened its doors to great fanfare and acclaim. Formed by the merger of the city's best-loved arts organisations, Cornerhouse and the Library Theatre Company, there's something for everyone here.
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Royal Exchange Theatre

Royal Exchange Theatre

Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre Company transforms the way people see theatre, each other and the world around them. Its historic building, was taken over by artists in 1976. Today it is an award-winning cultural charity that produces new theatre in-the-round, in communities, on the road and online. Exchange remains at the heart of everything they make and do. Now, their currency is brand new drama and reinvigorated classics, the boldest artists and a company of highly skilled makers - all brought together to trade ideas and experiences with the people of Greater Manchester (and beyond). The Theatre is a spectacular seven-sided, glass-walled capsule, suspended in the centre of the historic Cotton Exchange. This unique design means all seats are less than nine metres from the circular stage.
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Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art

Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art (CFCCA) leads the UK in exploring Chinese contemporary culture. CFCCA aims to make Chinese contemporary art and visual culture accessible to everyone through a unique programme of exhibitions, film screenings, talks, performances and workshops. Exhibitions are set across intimate gallery spaces, where visitors get up close and personal with the artworks on display. The Centre has a proud 30-year history of UK ‘first’ solo exhibitions, featuring exceptional emerging artists that go on to achieve international acclaim. A unique events programme explores different aspects of exhibitions and includes practical workshops, film screenings, informal talks and performances. The shop stocks a range of East Asian themed jewellery, cards, prints, homeware and gifts, making CFCCA a must-see destination for all visits to the Northern Quarter whether you are looking for a cultural activity, discovering a new artist or buying a unique gift. The centre also makes a beautiful and unique venue to hire for a range of activities.
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Working Class Movement Library

Working Class Movement Library

The Working Class Movement Library records over 200 years of organising and campaigning by working men and women for social and political progress. The library is built on the personal collection of Ruth and Edmund Frow and now holds tens of thousands of books, pamphlets and archives, as well as posters, banners, prints, newspapers, photographs and more. The new permanent displays give a taste of the many aspects of working people’s personal and political lives which are represented in our collections. They show campaigners speaking up for change, from Peterloo and the suffragettes to ramblers seeking the ‘right to roam’. There are stories of First World War conscientious objectors, and local volunteers who fought in the Spanish Civil War in the 1930s and there are accounts and pictures of the Battle of Bexley Square when, in the last Great Depression, 10,000 unemployed Salfordians demonstrated against the hated Means Test. Admission to the library is free and all are welcome. Individual and group tours are also welcome by appointment.
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Contact Theatre

Contact Theatre

Contact is Manchester's provocative and innovative performance venue situated in the heart of the city's busy Oxford Road Corridor, and is a short walk from both Manchester Museum and The Whitworth. The venue's distinctive towers make it one of Manchester's most unique architectural gems and the interior includes a 300 seat main auditorium, a 70 seat flexible studio, rehearsal and gallery spaces, and a café bar. Contact is the national contemporary arts organisation that places young people's decision-making and leadership at the heart of everything, and young people aged 13+ work alongside its staff in deciding its programme of theatre, dance, spoken word, music, comedy and visual art. The result is a remarkable, diverse and exciting programme for everyone.
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Elizabeth Gaskell's House

Elizabeth Gaskell's House

For over 150 years, this house has been associated with its most famous resident: the novelist, Elizabeth Gaskell, who lived here from 1850 to 1865. Thanks to a major £2.5m project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and others, the restored House is fully open to the public for the first time. Visit the house to find out about Elizabeth and William’s work, explore the lives of their daughters and servants and discover the Manchester that the Gaskells knew. Be welcomed into the house by one of knowledgeable volunteers, take a seat in one of the four Victorian period rooms and learn about the painstaking restoration process. See where Elizabeth would have written her famous novels and stroll around the beautiful recreated gardens imagining yourself in Victorian Manchester. The house also has two exhibitions and a tea room in the old kitchen and servant’s hall, serving up delicious cake and hot drinks in dainty china cups and saucers.
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The Lowry

The Lowry

A magnificent building alongside Salford Quays, inside visitors will find three stunning theatres alongside galleries showcasing artists of local, national and international renown. The Lyric (the largest stage in England outside London) and the more intimate Quays. With a huge variety of performances, The Lowry's Lyric and Quays Theatres offer a wealth of fabulous entertainment, including West End musicals, the very best in drama, live bands, famous comedians, plus world class dance and opera. From Peter Kay to the Kirov Ballet, Morrissey to Alan Bennett and much more. The Lowry Galleries showcase changing exhibitions by one of Britain's best loved artists, LS Lowry, as well as paintings, sculpture and photography from around the world. There's always something new and refreshing to see in the galleries. Gallery entry is free.
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People’s History Museum

People’s History Museum

The People's History Museum is truly unique. A national museum charting the history of the struggle for equality and democracy in the UK, it's perfectly suited to the radical city of Manchester. There have always been ideas worth fighting for. Join a march through time at the museum following Britain's struggle for democracy over two centuries. Meet the revolutionaries, reformers, workers, voters and citizens who fought our battle for the ballot. Gather amongst their magnificent banners and discover how time off was won (and spent). Enjoy the main galleries, Changing Exhibition Gallery and Community Gallery, along with interactives and activities for visitors of all ages. Browse the shop for unique books and gifts and round off your day with a bite to eat in the museum's on site cafe bar The Left Bank. The museum is Family Friendly throughout, welcoming visitors of all ages. There's hands-on stuff in every gallery and regular activities especially for children. The museum also offers a Learning programme for early years to adult learners, and houses the Labour History Archive & Study Centre, Textile Conservation Studio and venue hire facilities. Free entry, donations welcome.
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