From Industrial City to Industrial Archaeology: Manchester and Industry, 1945-74

Michael Nevell

Centre for Applied Archaeology, University of Salford


This talk will look briefly at the decline of the port of Manchester and the textile industry within the city, and the impact of new commercial developments on the city townscape (such as the Arndale). This period also saw the beginnings of interest in Manchester’s industrial past. This will be reviewed from the first industrial archaeology dig and the retention of the Shambles, to the saving of the Liverpool Road Railway Station site.

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Dr Michael Nevell is Head of Archaeology at the University of Salford. He is an industrial Archaeologist with more than 25 years experience, is co-editor of the international journal Industrial Archaeology Review, has written many books on the archaeology of the North West, and has occasionally appeared on Channel 4’s Time Team.


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