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Angel Meadow with Dean Kirby
Mon 13 June 2016, 18:30 – 20:30 BST
Step into the Victorian underworld of Angel Meadow, the vilest and most dangerous slum of the Industrial Revolution. In the shadow of the world's first cotton mill, 30,000 souls trapped by poverty are fighting for survival as the British Empire is built upon their backs. Lawless drinking dens and a cold slab in the dead house provide the only relief from this filthy and frightening world.
In this shocking book, journalist Dean Kirby takes readers on a hair-raising journey through the gin palaces, alleyways and underground vaults of this nineteenth century Manchester slum considered so diabolical it was re-christened 'hell upon earth' by Friedrich Engels.
Dean Kirby is a Mancunian journalist who has been covering the news in his home city and across the north west for nearly 20 years. His search for his ancestors led him into the jaws of Angel Meadow, Victorian Britain’s most savage slum. In 2012, archaeologists helped him make a remarkable discovery in the rubble beneath the streets. Join us for this talk and reading from the author.
Find out more on the website: www.angelmeadowbook.com