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A very quick video here – just a clip of one visitor’s response to her day at the Baths’ recent Open Day.


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Last Sunday saw the younger generation take over Victoria Baths’ open day. Visitors flocked to the building to take part in a series of Family Design Workshops aimed at budding architects. The activities, organised by Chartered Architect Jane Leach, with support from Manchester Women’s Design Group, were designed to give children a taste of what architects do and why their role is important.

Aspiring Will Alsops took part in everything from tile-printing and stained glass making, as well as designing bespoke homes for their favourite cartoon characters. Meanwhile, the adults enjoyed the usual tours and Open Day goings-on, as well as contributing to an Emotion Map of the city created by Manchester Women’s Design Group.

The Family Design Workshops were part of Manchester Architecture and Design Festival 2010, which runs until 15th May.

You can also listen to Jane, Lorenza (MWDG) and Urun (MADF2010) discussing plans for the workshop HERE.


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On Friday 23rd April, a team of lawyers from New Charter Housing Trust Group turned super-sleuths to unravel a murder mystery that played out around the building. The guests were ably assisted by Detective Sherlock and his hapless assistant, Inspector Clueless, as well as medical expert Dr Pat Aulogie, and loyal butler Jeeves. Watch the video if you dare, to see what happened and who killed Henrietta Fanny Hoof…


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Here’s an interview with one of Gorton Visual Arts’ longest-standing members, talking about her involvement with the Victoria Baths project, her love of rust and how she began a second career as an artist at the age of 68.

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I caught up with Yvonne, Gorton Visual Arts’ resident cartoonist, to find out about her current work,  her involvement with the Victoria Baths project and what inspires her.

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Who said artists have to be tortured or starving in a garret? When I visited the creative types of Gorton Visual Arts group, I couldn’t have had a warmer welcome -or a better choice of biscuits on offer. The group, which works from a studio overlooked by Gorton Monastery, is on a bit of a mission to raise awareness of their part of the city and to use their artistic talents to preserve our Mancunian heritage.

I joined them at their regular Monday meeting to find out more about the group, its work and the project members recently undertook at Victoria Baths. Work from the project has already been well received at an exhibition in Kro Piccadilly, but is due to return to its roots with a special exhibition at the Baths itself this June (dates to be confirmed).

Watch the ‘Ov Gorton: Gorton Visual Arts’ video:


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I’ve already posted on here my film about the recent Vintage Fair at Victoria Baths, but I thought you might also like to hear from the people who really made the day – the stallholders who brought their stock of vintage treasures, and braved the cold and the enthusiastic hordes.

So, here’s a little audio slideshow in which you can hear from some of the stallholders themselves, and see some photos of the day at the same time. And if that’s not a vintage bargain, I don’t know what is…


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