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Manchester Takes Ownership of Ragged University

Hi there, Just to say that there are now 124 people in Manchester Ragged University.  The idea is simple and started five years ago from the realisation that I [Alex] – and some friends [Jes, Grant and Will] – enjoyed meeting in a pub (Rochester Castle, London) and getting the chance to spraff (chat 😉 about what had grabbed our attentions.  We enjoyed sharing knowledge, and it was always an enlightening exchange… and a fun one.

The idea grew, and you see the events which have run to date.  Over time more people got involved and stuff grew.  The website came together, we got a Facebook, a Twitter, etc, because different people did different things because that was where they got their kicks.  Time passes, and people are drawn into different things. For me, life is like crossing an iceflow; opportunity is a fine thing and it is not always easy to be able to commit to the things I would like to do… I personally run the events in Edinburgh. Read more

Podcast: The Ragged Schools of Angel Meadows by Simon Ward

This is a podcast of when Simon Ward gave a talk on the Ragged Schools of Angel Meadows and Manchester.  In the early 1800s, state contribution to education was less than the amount the government spent on the King’s stables. This talk will look at how The Ragged School movement led to the 1870 Education Act and state funding of universal education.

This is a podcast of Simon Ward talking at the Ragged University where he takes a closer look at two of Manchester’s Ragged Schools. Their fascinating history takes us from basket weaving, badminton and bombs to Suffragettes and Coronation Street. Read more

6th Feb 2014: A History of Manchester as Seen in its Historic Buildings by Ken Moth


Manchester cathedral

Come along to the Castle Hotel on the 6th of February at 7pm for a bite to eat and listen to Ken share some of the history of the Great City of Manchester…


Title of talk:

A history of Manchester as seen in its historic buildings


Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

Surviving historic building types, styles and materials can tell us much about the history of a place.

Manchester is a special place with a special story to tell.

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