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We’re back from last week’s company trip to Manchester, the city where we were founded. 


We took in the cultural sights including MediaCity, HOME, and the Shed at MMU.


A highlight was the Whitworth Gallery which we knew of from Esme Ward’s presentation at the Visitor Studies Group Conference earlier in the year, and which we have blogged about before:


  • We liked Esme’s suggestion that “the little things often make the biggest difference”. Staff immersed themselves in the local community to really understand which audience groups they were missing and how they might attract them.

  • One result (of spending a few days sitting in the local Wetherspoons) was the “Handbook for cultural engagement with older men”. And we love the idea of the first ever role of Cultural Park Keeper that has been created (funded by EFF) to looks after the local park and engage communities at the intersection of art and nature.


On our tour, “the little things” was a recurring theme for us, whether it referred to the creative businesses taking over old containers at MediaCity or the precision of the sculptures in the Manchester Town Hall. These may be details in grand cultural projects, but they make the city.

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