A free one-day symposium of talks on post-war urban transformations in Manchester. The aim is narrate the changing social and physical development of the city during three crucial decades from 1945. The presentations will consider events, such as ‘smokeless zones’, the building of the first computer, and large scale built projects of the era, including Mancunian Way and the University expansion, in relation to civic plans, infrastructural initiatives, local and national government policies, technological innovation and the wider fiscal climate.

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9.00 – 9.30  Arrival. Hot drinks provided. Browse ‘Plans Gallery’

9.30 – 9.45  Opening

9.45 – 11.00  Session 1:  Context + Change  [Chair: Prof. Brian Robson]

Paper 1: Prof. Michael Hebbert: Post-war Manchester – A Context
Paper 2: Prof. Alan Kidd: Rebuilding Manchester: The Wartime Debate on Post-war Reconstruction, 1941-5
Paper 3: Dr. Michael Nevell: From Industrial City to Industrial Archaeology: Manchester and Industry, 1945-74

11.00 – 11.15  Break. Hot drinks provided. Browse ‘Plans Gallery’

11.15 – 12.30  Session 2:  Housing + People  [Chair: Dr. Martin Dodge]

Paper 4: Dr. Peter Shapely: Social Housing in Post-war Manchester – Change and Continuity
Paper 5: Dr. Laurence Brown + Dr. Niall Cunningham: Migration and Segregation
Paper 6: Alistair Kefford: Slum Clearance in Manchester: Making Space for Modernity                                             .

12.30 – 1.30  Lunch break. Manchester Modernist Society ‘pop-up shop’ + Browse ‘Plans Gallery’

1.30 – 2.45  Session 3:  Improving the Social Body  [Chair: Richard Brook]

Paper 7: Dr. Stephen Mosley: Clearing the Skies – Air Pollution Problems in Post-war Manchester
Paper 8: Dr. James Hopkins: Parklands and Precincts: Visions for Education in Manchester
Paper 9: Prof. John Pickstone: Health and Hospitals in Post War Manchester – What Difference did the NHS Make?

2.45 – 3.00  Break. Hot drinks provided. Browse ‘Plans Gallery’

3.00 – 4.30  Session 4:  Transport + Infrastructure [Chair: Prof. Michael Hebbert]

Paper 10: Dr. Martin Dodge: Developing the Airport and Dreams of a Heliport
Paper 11: Dr. Ian Martin: Private Places in Public Space: Commerce, Community and Computers in Wythenshawe’s Civic Centre
Paper 12: Dr. Steve Millington: ‘We Used to the Walk the Mancunian Way’: A Short  History of the Mancunian Way
Paper 13: Richard Brook: Manchester: Disconnected City

4.30 – 5.00  Summary + Discussion with Speakers [Chair: Prof. Tom Jefferies]

5.00   Manchester Modernist Society ‘pop-up shop’.


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