Funzing Talks: The Manchester Time Machine @ Texture MCR, Manchester [14 March]

Funzing Talks: The Manchester Time Machine

19:00 - 21:00

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Texture MCR
67 Lever Street, M1 1FL Manchester, United Kingdom
Tickets & info:
Venue: Texture, Northern Quarter
Doors: 7pm / Talk starts: 7.30pm.

Manchester then and now; how has Manchester changed over the twentieth century, and what has remained the same?

Using rare film from the North West Film Archive, Steve Hawley, filmmaker and Emeritus Professor at the Manchester School of Art, will tell the story of the changing face and fortunes of the city through its streets and its people and rituals. From the first films of Manchester, including Our Friends the Police 1914, an early example of a PR film shot on the streets around Piccadilly, through to the destruction of the war, to Manchester servicemen in the the Far East sending filmed messages home in 1944, the first films in which Northern men speak in their own regional accents.

Scenes from A City Speaks, 1947’s idealistic vision of postwar Manchester, give way to the fifties and sixties, showing the way that central Manchester has changed; Piccadilly Gardens in colour, the parades and football triumphs, the markets and the Salford Docks. The narrative also takes in students in Manchester over the years, from rag weeks to students riots on Oxford Street. This quirky, funny and moving story is brought to life by vivid and compelling moving images – see the streets of the city as they are now, and as they were, 40, 70, 100 years ago.

*Please see venue website for admission (age restrictions) or accessibility information. Our talks may be filmed for promotional purposes.


Funzing Talks are here to re-invent your evenings, creating an exciting alternative to having a drink in your local pub or bar. Funzing Talks pull together an impressive array of leading entrepreneurs, intellectuals, bright thinkers and incredible individuals to inspire your evenings and expand your mind.

Held in a carefully selected range of intimate spaces, Funzing Talks is the ultimate boredom-buster.

Delve into a totally new subject and challenge your perspectives with like-minded, equally curious people. It's time to try something different — you never know where it may take you.
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