Thursday, 21 February 2013

Behind every great man...

“She hath done what she could.”

So reads the gravestone for Mrs Leonard Shaw who served the Manchester and Salford Boys’ and Girls’ Refuges and Homes for 53 years of her life. Looking back at the blogs of late, it is noticeable the influences male individuals had on the charity. The early committee was made up entirely of men who ran the services and made visits to the slum area’s offering shelter to those living on the streets.

Portrait of Mr and Mrs Shaw c.1890

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The Royal Jubilee Exhibition

In 1887 Manchester celebrated the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s reign by holding an event entitled the Royal Jubilee Exhibition. This was erected in Old Trafford and commemorated the industry and art of 50 years of Victoria's reign. The exhibition was opened by Princess Alexandra, wife of Edward, the Prince of Wales, on 3rd May 1887, and remained open for 166 days, during which time there were 4.5 million paying visitors.

Drawing of the firewood department at the Central Refuge