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Walking tour: Voices in the Air, Ghosts in the Machine

Sat 6th - Sun 7th July 2019, 2pm-3:30pm

In this specially commissioned 90-minute walking tour, we’ll trace the history of ‘mechanical manifestation’ in Manchester, discovering how inventors, engineers and performers have materialised otherwise invisible worlds.

Tour guide: Anne Beswick

Future Sessions: Atmospheric Memory
Walking tour: Voices in the air, Ghosts in the machine


Join local tour guide Anne Beswick for a walking tour around Manchester, tracing the journey from the mechanical stage illusions of the Victorian era via early computing and on to the contemporary experiential technologies found in Atmospheric Memory.

Explore the moments when the mystical and alchemical evolved into contemporary science and engineering and ask: whose voices persist, as ghosts in the modern machine, through the influence of their ideas?

Tour guide: Anne Beswick

Anne Beswick is a native-born Mancunian with a varied background. After 25 years teaching biology she moved over to garden design and became an award-winning designer with RHS medals at the prestigious Tatton Park Show.

About ten years ago, a course in guiding in Manchester led to another change of direction and the exploration of her city’s history and current development.

Anne has many interests, some linked to her past work in science and the living environment and now, coming from her ongoing involvement in the city, its backstory and its exciting regeneration. There are many voices in Manchester past and present, we just need someone to help us listen.

Future Sessions: Atmospheric Memory is curated and produced by FutureEverything, in partnership with the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA).

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