The Past

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

L. P. Hartley   1895-1972 

Monday, 21 April 2008

Little Italy

Today went to a  small exhibition at MOSI ( Museum of Science & Industry - Manchester ).

The exhibition is about the Italian migrants who went and settled in Ancoats, Manchester in the 1800's and built up such a large community that the area became known as Little Italy.

Many were ice cream manufacturers and featured in city life for many years - others were skilled workers who made musical instruments or scientific equipment. They retained their Italian culture for quite a long time but in the 1960's the area of Ancoats was cleared of the old slum housing and the community dispersed over the city.

The story of some of the families is told - and what  happened to them in the World Wars , how they worked and how they participated in the Whit Walks and retained their Italian culture.

The exhibition is free - in Building 3 ( the old station )

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