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Making the modern world: England's first civic university (Heritage Tour)

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Whitworth Hall


M13 9NR

United Kingdom

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This tour takes visitors on a journey from the beginnings of England’s first civic university to the sites of world changing discoveries. It begins within the fine neo-gothic architecture of the University’s Old Quadrangle and tells the story of Owens College, which would become England’s first civic university.

Founded from the philanthropy of wealthy Manchester merchants, Owens College captured the energy and spirit of the industrial revolution. Its successor, the Victoria University of Manchester, helped establish the style of the modern university with its secularist approach and pursuit of research alongside teaching.

The tour traces the development of the University into the twentieth century and visits key sites of discovery including where Ernest Rutherford first split the atom and where Alan Turing helped lay the foundations of modern computing.

The tour is outside and lasts around 1 hour.

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