Manchester Metropolitan University:
Images of History by Terry Wyke
with illustrations by members of the University Art Department
Manchester Metropolitan University's campuses are more than places
where students gather to learn, they are also historical landscapes.
Although the University was founded in 1992, when Manchester
Polytechnic was granted university status, its roots run deep into
the nineteenth century, back to a time when the cotton mill was the
wonder of a new industrial world and the railway a novelty.
Its origins can be traced to the Manchester Mechanics Institution
which opened its doors in 1824 with an educational policy which was
to shape other educational initiatives in Victorian Manchester.
Written by historian Terry Wyke, OBE, Images of History
tells the story of the University and its place in the city of
Manchester through the buildings that make up its campuses. It is
illustrated with 23 illustrations, 21 of which are by faculty and
graduates of the MMU art department: Jim Butler, Alex Evans, Melodie
Neesom, and Anthony Ratcliffe.
Images of History has 55 pages and measures 10.25 x 10.12
inches. The text is letterpress printed in Monotype Bembo from Stan
Lane on Magnani Paper supplied by John Purcell Paper. The
illustrations were printed at Northends with the exception of
Charles Laurent's engraved map of Manchester and George Falkner's
lithograph of All Saint's Church Fire, which are reproduced courtesy
of Chetham's Library from magnesium plates made at the Block Shop in
Ancoats and printed letterpress here at Incline Press. The book is
hard bound by Stephen Conway using a paper designed and marbled for
the book by Ann Muir. Of the edition of 175 copies, 60 were set
aside for the sale by the press.