Bathing Machine

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Bathing Machines make a return to Llandudno’s Promenade. Part of the Llawn01 Arts weekend, a September contemporary arts festival; dance, installations, performance, exhibitions, workshops and music – with a Victorian twist.

More information here: http://www.llawn.org/

Ballroom

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A peep inside the former Ballroom of the Tudno Castle Hotel in Llandudno. Part of the Llawn01 Arts weekend, a September contemporary arts festival; dance, installations, performance, exhibitions, workshops and music – with a Victorian twist.

More information here: http://www.llawn.org/

Glitterheads

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Victorian Time Travellers arrive in Llandudno, albeit after a slight detour to the 1970s. Part of the Llawn01 Arts weekend, a September contemporary arts festival; dance, installations, performance, exhibitions, workshops and music – with a Victorian twist.

More information here: http://www.llawn.org/

LLAWN01

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LLAWN01 (Llandudno Arts Weekend # 1) will be a Free micro festival curated and crafted by Marc Rees, captain of the illustrious ADAIN AVION project.

LLAWN01 will celebrate, over one packed weekend, (llawn is, after all, Welsh for full) Llandudno’s fascinating and colourful history and explores why she was bestowed with the title Queen of Welsh resorts.

LLAWN01 will re-introduce an iconic Victorian structure to the shoreline; that of the Bathing Machine, which was a necessary component of seaside etiquette in the 19th century.

Six bespoke Victorian-style bathing machines will form the beating heart of LLAWN01. Each bathing machine will be the inspiration and the venue for a series of specially commissioned events, by local and international artists, that will pepper the prom, the seashore and a prominent site in the town centre. These fascinating replicas will be brought to life as beautifully customised, mobile mini-theatres/galleries to house a series of performances and installations that connect with the town’s history.

There will also be numerous parallel activities, events and happenings that will animate the whole town, created in collaboration with the festival’s key partners; MOSTYN, Helfa Gelf, Royal Cambrian Academy, Migrations, C.A.S.C, TAPE Community Music and Film, Conwy County Borough Council, Venue Cymru, to name but a few.

LLAWN01 …. A FULL-on Free festival to celebrate Llandudno’s past, present and future.

LLAWN01 is the first manifestation of an annual arts festival for Llandudno. This exciting development is the product of a collaboration between the festival’s primary funders and sponsor: MOSTYN, Arts Council Wales, Conwy County Borough Council and Mostyn Estates . LLAWN01’s Project Team work out of MOSTYN on Vaughan Street, Llandudno. The festival is managed by its steering group which comprises members of its funders and programme partners.

For further information, visit the official website

www.llawn.org

Great Northern?

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Contrast between old & new in the Great Northern quarter of Manchester.

The Great Northern Warehouse and its environs was historically a transport interchange for the massive volume of goods arriving by rail at Central Station – now Manchester Central – in Manchester.

When building work began in 1885, the railways were booming. In fact, the railways did more to clear Manchester’s fever dens than any social legislation. In order to build the Great Northern Warehouse – nine acres of streets, back-to-back houses, foundries, hotels, inns, a burial ground and a school were swept away.

The Warehouse was completed in August 1899 but operations started in July 1898 when only the ground and first floors were complete such was the demand for the goods station. Inside was a spaghetti junction of rail lines with five platforms and twenty five cranes. To facilitate the movement of goods, wagon turntables were incorporated at the end of the lines to allow wagons to be turned round. The Manchester and Salford Junction canal, constructed in 1939, ran under the Warehouse, passing through a specially-built dock.

After several decades of decline in the railways and the fall of the Beeching axe, the Warehouse was closed for good in 1963.

Information courtesy of: http://www.thegreatnorthern.com/history.html

Gushing

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Gargoyle on the Diamond Jubilee Fountain outside Manchester Town Hall.

Commissioned in the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign, the fountain also commemorates the supply of Manchester’s drinking water from Thirlmere in the Lake District, a feat of Victorian engineering. The fountain was subject to some criticism and in the 1920s was moved to Heaton Park where it remained until 1986 when it was returned to Albert Square.

Information courtesy of: http://www.manchestergalleries.org/the-collections/public-art/jubilee-fountain/