Friedrich Engels' & Marx in Manchester: The BirthdayTours
Friday 5 May & Wednesday 28 November
The German writer and thinker Friedrich Engels was, with Karl Marx, the father of communism. Engels' lived, on and off, for 22 years in Manchester. Marx would visit him for long periods.
As the well-known historian Asa Briggs said, ‘If Engels had lived not in Manchester...his conception of class and his theories of the role of class might have been very different. In this case Marx might have been not a communist but a currency reformer. The fact that Manchester was taken to be the symbol of the age in the 1840s was of central importance in modern world history.’
There are two tours this year. These follow Engels' footsteps around the city and reveal a dynamic, fascinating, romantic and funny man. They also paint a picture of Manchester at its time of greatest international significance.
The first tour on Friday 5 May at 6pm takes place on Karl Marx's birthday. It will work its way south west and include the site of the famous slum of Little Ireland and also examine the clubs and social life of Engels as well as the areas Karl Marx would visit with Engels. We end up in a pub to toast Engels & Marx on the latter's birthday.
The second tour in November will take in Chetham's Library to view the books Engels and Karl Marx read but also examine the areas where his partner, Mary Burns, lived and end up in a desolate graveyard. This particular tour takes place on the occasion of Engels' 196th birthday and, as with the tour on Marx's birthday, includes a pub stop to toast Engels and wish him many happy (late) returns.
For both tours meet outside John Rylands Library, Deansgate, City centre, M3 3EH, 10 minutes before your tour time.