The Rylands Lunchtime Seminar Series: Cottonopolis: The Making of Global Manchester
|Dates:||26 May 2022|
|Times:||12:00 - 12:00|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||John Rylands Research Institute and Library|
|Who is it for:||Adults, General public|
Join our lunchtime seminar to delve into questioning how the cotton industry allowed Manchester to become the metropolis it is today. In this lunchtime seminar, Edmond Smith and Janette Martin (Research and Learning Manager at the Rylands) will use the remarkable Rylands collections to delve into the history of the city and explain why it was in Manchester that Britain's cotton revolution would take place.
We've all heard the name "Cottonopolis" - a name that evokes images of vast factories and mills churning out cotton cloth that would be shipped across England and the world - but quite how Manchester came to earn this title is perhaps less well known. The talk will examine some of the earliest firms that shaped the city and how they developed alongside Britain's trade and empire in the 18th century. In this way, we will follow a global origin story that seeks to place the nascent cotton industry of Manchester in the widest possible context.
Please note this event date changed from the 31 March. This is an online event that will take place via Zoom. Book your free place here:
This event is part of a live, online lunchtime seminar series. University of Manchester researchers team up with experts from the Rylands to share current research activities. The seminars will showcase rare and fascinating objects from the special collections, along with discoveries and new perspectives formed through their study. Attendees will be invited to participate with questions and thoughts during the live Q&A.
Travel and Contact Information
John Rylands Research Institute and Library