THE ROMANS BUILDING A FORT AT MANCENION A.D. 80
In 1969 the BBC commissioned a new TV documentary series to complement Kenneth Clark's landmark series Civilisation, an outline of Western art, architecture and philosophy. It was presented by Jacob Bronowski and it was called The Ascent of Man.
This blog, The Ascent of Manchester, is an outline history of one of the world's most important cities. It begins with the Peterloo Massacre, picking up from where Ford Madox Brown left off. Like the Manchester Murals, it is based around twelve events. The first six are:
The Peterloo Massacre
The Opening of Liverpool and Manchester Railway
The Abolition of the Corn Laws
Abraham Lincoln addressing the working people of Manchester
The Opening of the Manchester Ship Canal
The Geiger-Marsden Experiment
I will be posting the rest over the next couple of months. It is an unashamedly pro-Manchester history, intended to counter the negativity which with which people usually write or talk about the city. A good example is the widespread idea that the IRA 'did us a favour' in '96. With this in mind I have decided to end the project before 1996 to show that the Ascent of Manchester predates the bomb. The early '90s also has some personal resonance because it was the time when my own consciousness was raised about being a part of the city and its heritage – and it was also in 1992 that Francis Fukuyama published The End of History and the Last Man.