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King Cotton

Before I get on to that theme, I want to say something about the shocking arson attack on the Nasrat Mosque in Newton Heath. Our sympathies both with the congregation and the local community, but also, for all of us, a reinforcement of the need to take a strong line against extremism of any sort whoever it is aimed at, and to work even harder to build strong communities that stand together.

The Council and police have been working with the Mosque to identify alternative locations for their religious, educational, and community activities until they are able to return to what may have to be completely rebuilt premises.
I've spent most of today at Quarry Bank at a Science and Industry Museum Advisory Board away day. The museum is working through its 2030 master plan, a long-term strategy to improve and make best use of its massive historic site, telling the story of how Manchester changed the world and continues to do so. Most of the session was spent going through the detail of planning process starting with a review of the plan agreed in 2015. This is still very much in the early stages and so I won't say anymore about it other than there is a very exciting opportunity to enhance the museum and at the same time to build synergies with the immediately adjacent Factory project.
The reason for going to Quarry Bank was to look and learn from the work they are doing to develop their site - the Mill, the Apprentices' house, the Mill owner's house, the gardens and woodland, and the village. Cotton is at the heart of this, but the story they tell is a powerful one of the people who worked in the mill, including what was effectively child slave labour, how they lived, and the rise and fall of the cotton industry and the changes that wrought. The story of cotton is also a key one for the Science and Industry Museum so lessons to be learnt as we do our planning, including how they are turning our history into a great day out for all ages.

There is one response to “King Cotton”

  1. Blog reader Says:

    Hey Richard, with all this capital development going on at MOSI, don't you think that the nuts and bolts of its content and interpretation could do with some serious care and attention?

    And while I've got your attention, any chance you could retrieve our cultural heritage back from the Science Museum Group's London branch and return it on a permanent basis to a more appropriate home, here in Manchester. I'm thinking in particular of Stephenson's Rocket locomotive and various seminal bits of computer parahenalia such as Ferranti's Pegasis.




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