Social Programme

Social Events

As usual there are a number of social events planned with receptions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings and the main conference Banquet on Wednesday evening. Details will be confirmed in due course.

Free Afternoon on Tuesday

Manchester has many cultural, architectural, historic, sporting and leisure attractions – too many to list here. The city centre is only around 1 mile from the conference venue, so easily reachable by foot or bus. Have a look at the following websites for suggestions:

The following are some of our favourite attractions:

The John Rylands Library: The historic University library holds one of the finest collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives in the world. It is located on Deansgate, in the heart of the city centre, and worth visiting even for the building itself: one of the finest examples of neo-Gothic architecture in Europe.

Manchester Museum: The museum is a few minutes’ walk from the conference venue, at the heart of the University’s neo-Gothic buildings. It is the largest university museum in the UK, with extensive exhibits on archaeology, anthropology and natural history, including Stan the T. Rex.

Whitworth Art Gallery: Also a short walk from the conference venue, this University-owned gallery has collections of historic fine art, modern and contemporary art, prints and textiles. At the time of the conference there will be a special exhibition on Utopias, dating back to the ideas developed in Thomas More’s seminal book of 1516.

Science and Industry Museum: Well worth a visit if you enjoy your history of science, technology and industry, with a focus on Manchester’s many contributions. It is located in the city centre.

Some other ideas to consider:

  • Imperial War Museum North, Salford Quays and MediaCityUK.
  • National Football Museum.
  • Old Trafford (Manchester United Football Club).
  • Etihad Stadium (Manchester City Football Club).
  • Manchester Town Hall (unfortunately shut for refurbishment, but still a magnificent building) and Albert Square.
  • Manchester Central Library, and St Peter Square.
  • The Northern Quarter (for hipster types and the best craft breweries in the land).
  • Royal Exchange Theatre, St Annes Square and the Corn Exchange.