Invisible cities: Powerful Women of Manchester with Laura

Carmel Smickersgill, Tours & Activities Editor
Invisible Cities

Invisible cities: Powerful Women with Laura at Manchester Central Library, Manchester 20 June — 1 August 2021 Tickets from £12 — Book now

Invisible cities are an exceptional organisation. They curate unique and engaging tours in five cities across the UK, all of which are led by tour guides who have experienced homelessness. Now that we can gather outside with fewer restrictions, we can look forward to the return of Laura Ashcroft’s Powerful Women of Manchester tour. Taking inspiration from the notable womxn who’ve made permanent changes on the city’s politics, art and culture. Laura will show you the history of Manchester through the prism of these exceptional individuals.

it isn’t about how certain people see homelessness it’s how we all see it

Laura is a transgender woman, who’s tour guiding benefits from her exuberant character and joyful disposition, making for an exciting and unique tour experience. As you walk through the heart of the city you’ll hear personal and historical anecdotes from Laura and the women who’ve been an inspiration and influence on her journey of transition. It’s clear from her infectious passion and enthusiasm for sharing these women’s stories, that they are close to her heart.

The tour also aims to challenge perceptions. As someone who’s lived through homelessness Laura believes that it isn’t about how certain people see homelessness, it’s how we all see it. As you reach each landmark, you’ll be asked thought provoking questions that might help you to understand your own views on it, why they are there and how they may be biased or unreflective of the real situations homelessness can cause.

Invisible Cities tours let you into a person’s unique perspective on a place with more heart and honesty that any other walking tour. Laura’s Powerful Women of Manchester tour takes place most Saturdays and Sundays between 2 and 4 pm, however, booking is compulsory and you can find exact dates on the website. The tours are operating within the social distancing advice from the government, so are therefore subject to change.

Invisible cities: Powerful Women with Laura at Manchester Central Library, Manchester 20 June — 1 August 2021 Tickets from £12 Book now

Performances

Date
Time
Session Features
20 June 2021
2:00pm — 4:00pm
10 July 2021
2:00pm — 4:00pm
11 July 2021
2:00pm — 4:00pm
17 July 2021
2:00pm — 4:00pm
18 July 2021
2:00pm — 4:00pm
24 July 2021
2:00pm — 12:00am
25 July 2021
2:00pm — 4:00pm
30 July 2021
2:00pm — 4:00pm
31 July 2021
12:00am — 4:00pm
1 August 2021
2:00pm — 4:00pm
12:00am

Always double check opening hours with the venue before making a special visit.

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St Peters Square Manchester
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St Peter’s Square

St Peter’s Square is a public space in Manchester – home to the city’s iconic library, town hall, Pankhurst statue, art gallery and famous Midland Hotel.

Manchester Art Gallery. Photo by Andrew Brooks
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Gallery
Manchester Art Gallery

The Charles Barry-designed, Grade I-listed Manchester Art Gallery is one of the city’s leading galleries and is back open for visitors once more.

Chinatown
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The Alan

This high-end city-centre restaurant has an excellent afternoon tea option that more than matches up to the superb main menu.

Chinatown
Restaurant
1847

1847 Manchester is an excellent vegetarian restaurant in the centre of town.

Salut Wines
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Salut Wines

Salut wines pride themselves in offering “wider horizons beyond the safe choices.” With 42 wines by the glass and a regularly changing selection of bottles in their Enomatic wine preservation machines (or  “wine jukebox,” as they’re colloquially known), this is one of be best bars in Manchester for exploring new vintages.

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