Manchester has a reputation as a hotbed for radical ideas: it was Britain’s first industrial city, where the world’s first railway station was built. The city was the birthplace of the movement for women’s suffrage in the UK. Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels began to write the Communist Manifesto at Chetham Library, the oldest public library in the English-speaking world. Socialist ramblers, cyclists and cooperative movements have also shaped the city’s stories offering a wealth of inspiration for present and future challenges.

Of Marx and Mutuals