Angel Meadow: Victorian Britain’s Most Savage Slum

Dean Kirby
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 factory, 30,000 souls trapped by poverty are fighting for survival as the British Empire is built upon their backs. Thieves and prostitutes keep company with rats in overcrowded lodging houses and deep cellars on the banks of a black river, the Irk. Gangs of ‘scuttlers’ stalk the streets in pointed, brass-tipped clogs. Those who evade their clutches are hunted down by cholera, typhoid and tuberculosis. Lawless drinking dens and a cold slab in the dead house provide the only relief from this filthy and frightening world.
Come along and hear about  how and why this nineteenth-century Manchester slum was considered so diabolical it was re-christened ‘hell upon earth’ by Friedrich Engels.
A FREE talk by Dean Kirby, a PhD student at Manchester Metropolitan University. This event is part of a series of talks by the university's Manchester Centre for Public History and Heritage.
No need to book, just turn up!
Location: Performance Space, ground floor.