Category Archives: History


A public discussion with Julia Grant (video)

Following my recent interview with Julia Grant, she suggested that perhaps I could organise a public discussion about the future of the August Bank Holiday event (which has been known as Manchester Pride since 2004) and the gay village. This was arranged with the help of other members of the Facebook group Facts About Manchester […]


Rewriting history to promote the gay village and Manchester Pride

You may have heard about the notorious raid on a drag ball at a temperance hall in Manchester in 1880? An article in The Guardian (Village People, 7 August 2004) refers to the incident, but it begins with the scene just over one hundred years later. In 1988 “Canal Street in Manchester city centre was […]


Manchester Libraries make the Guardian and Observer archives available online

If you have a card for Manchester Libraries you can now access full-content archives of The Guardian and The Observer newspapers via the online 24 Hour Library service. The newly-added archive covers The Guardian from 1821-2003 and The Observer from 1791-2003. The years from 2003 to date can be seen via the existing NewsBank service. […]


Kenneth Clarke: I believe in human freedoms and civil liberties

As the countdown to the 800th anniversary of the sealing the Magna Carta begins, the Guardian's legal affairs correspondent Afua Hirsch talks to justice secretary Kenneth Clarke on its relevance today. The embedded video isn't working so please click through to see it. My favourite part of this is what he has to say about […]