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Institute for Cultural Practices

Wonderland by the Waves

An exhibition at Manchester Central Library, 11 May - 5 June 2015.

Manchester Wakes logo featuring Blackpool Tower
The Wonderland by the Waves exhibition ran from 11 May - 5 June 2015.

This project brought together Manchester Central Library and The University of Manchester. The collaboration with MA Art Gallery and Museum Studies and MA Arts Management, Policy and Practice students resulted in the 'Wonderland By The Waves' exhibition.

Today Blackpool, with its Tower and Beach, is iconic. But this seaside town was also one of the most popular holiday destinations of the last century. Manchester Central Library was excited to host a new retrospective exhibition telling the story of this seaside town and its connection with generations of Manchester residents.

Watch video footage of the exhibition and its installation

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    Displaying unseen material from the Library's Archives this exhibition told the stories of Manchester Workers and their holidays during Wakes Week. The exhibition was the result of the Library's collaboration with The University of Manchester postgraduate students, who organised it as a part of the 'Manchester Wakes' project.

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