Andrew Simpson remembers Manchester’s first Brass Band. Chorlton’s was one of the oldest brass bands in the country having been started in the 1820s. The Stalybridge Band is older and can claim to have marched into St Peter’s Fields on the day of the Peterloo […]
Author and journalist Tessa Boase sheds an original – and surprising – light on the lives of Manchester’s heroic, campaigning women. In a glass cabinet, deep inside the Museum of London, is a luxurious purple feather once worn on the hat of Emmeline Pankhurst. The suffragette leader wore it […]
Labour won a 30,000 majority in the last election, but the red flag didn’t always fly in Chorlton. Andrew Simpson looks back. I wonder what an ardent Conservative or Liberal voter, born in the Chorlton of the late 19th century, might have made of that […]
Historian Andrew Simpson goes for a stroll in Heaton Mersey, along the Didsbury Road of 1848, to see how the passage of time can erase the industrial blots on our landscape. Historian Andrew Simpson goes for a stroll along the Didsbury Road of 1848 and sees how […]
A campaign is under way to celebrate the memory of a courageous Chorlton woman who helped fight fascism in Spain and received an OBE for her work during World War II. Andrew Simpson tells her story.
Temperatures rise as the WoManchester Statue Project approaches a new milestone. The man behind the campaign, Councillor Andrew Simcock, reveals the latest news and gets close to the action in a metal foundry.
Historian Andrew Simpson gets into the spirit of South Manchester’s Christmas past.
Historian Andrew Simpson takes a trip into town, but you won’t find him hanging round the Arndale. We’re going to Pool Fold.