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His Collection of Rare Books and Art Treasures
Peter Mohr

David Lloyd Roberts MRCS LSA MD FRCP FRS.Edin (1834–1920) was a successful Manchester doctor who made significant contributions to the advancement of gynaecology and obstetrics. His career was closely linked to the Manchester St Mary’s Hospital for Women and Children, 1858–1920. He lectured on midwifery at Owens College and the University of Manchester and was gynaecological surgeon to Manchester Royal Infirmary. He had many interests outside medicine, including a large collection of rare books, paintings and antiques. He produced an edition of Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici (1898) and a paper, The Scientific Knowledge of Dante (1914). He donated his books to the John Rylands Library and the London Royal College of Physician, his paintings to the Manchester Art Gallery, and he left a large endowment to Bangor College, Wales. This article reviews his medical work alongside his legacy to literature, the arts and education.

Bulletin of the John Rylands Library
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Jenna C. Ashton

spaces, generations. The act of seeking out the packet, of touching, caressing, placing and photographing, continues that process of material dialogues between women: Alice, her mother and me. New stories may emerge. We are thinking through our mothers. On an evening in 2016, as part of International Women’s Day celebrations, in the foyer of Manchester Art Gallery, I invited women to tell me their hair-stories. I collected forty-six beautiful Polaroid images and a total of seventy-three narratives. The women left written tokens reflecting on sexuality, identity, the

in Manchester
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Sean R. Mills

few seconds your fingers are numb with cold, and you can only feel the vibrations through your arm, dull and blind to the details. In Manchester Art Gallery, the lift shudders and rattles as it slows, and you can feel the mechanism that moves and lifts you through the building. Under the Mancunian Way, you can brush your fingers against the concrete supports and time the passing of cars, coaches and heavy lorries. The road is enormously loud. The sensation at your fingers is weak, but you can feel how it changes from second to second. The same is true on the

in Manchester
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City of culture
Mike Savage
Janet Wolff

). Darcy, C.P., The Encouragement of the Fine Arts in Lancashire 1760–1860 (Manchester: The Chetham Society, 1976). Davies, Andrew, Leisure, Gender and Poverty: Working-Class Culture in Salford and Manchester, 1900–39 (Buckingham: Open University Press, 1992). Gunn, Simon, The Public Culture of the Victorian Middle Class: Ritual and Authority in the English Industrial City 1840–1914 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2000). Hunt, Tristram and Victoria Whitfield, Art Treasures in Manchester: 150 Years On (Manchester: Manchester Art Gallery/Philip Wilson Publishers

in Culture in Manchester
What do The Smiths mean to Manchester?
Julian Stringer

article reports, it turned out to be ‘Morrissey by a mile! . . . Manchester turned to its musical roots to elect the greatest of all its citizens – and what a landslide it was . . . [Morrissey] collected almost as many votes as the other 49 contenders in our list of suggestions.’43 All of this was soon to be followed by news that Morrissey had also topped a poll (with 51 per cent of the vote) to find England’s most ‘Northern male personality’: ‘More than 50,000 people voted in the online survey conducted by Manchester art gallery The Lowry. The shortlists were chosen by

in Why pamper life's complexities?
Observational sketching as method
Sue Heath
Lynne Chapman

looked like. Over the course of the year most of us added at least one image to each of these sketchbooks, often with added text, and they were exhibited alongside Lynne's sketchbooks at an end-of-residency exhibition at a Manchester art gallery. These images, and their often humorous and sometimes poignant comments, almost invariably captured an ordinary, usually unnoticed or unremarked upon aspect of everyday life, whether an object, an event or a place of some kind. 7.2 The chain sketchbook on the theme of weather Take, for

in Mundane Methods
Colin Trodd

Manchester (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1985) . They do not warrant attention in a wide-ranging account of the cultural history of modern Manchester: J. Wolff and M. Savage (eds), Culture in Manchester: Institutions and Urban Change Since 1850 (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2013) . More bizarrely, they are conflated with Work (1852–65) (Manchester Art Gallery), Brown’s most extraordinary and distinctive oil painting – the depiction of a street scene in Hampstead – in a very fuzzy and

in Ford Madox Brown
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Alan Kidd
Melanie Tebbutt

local galleries, the Manchester Art Gallery and the Whitworth. This generosity with his time continued into retirement in such roles as an active school governor, listening to children’s reading at nursery and primary school, conducting very popular guided walks, getting involved in heritage conservation and more formally acting as a long-serving chair of the Friends of the Manchester Centre for Regional History. Much of this was local, but Mike’s commitment to the new subdiscipline of social history led him to volunteer his services to the Social History Society, the

in People, places and identities
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David Annwn Jones

includes Diane Falkenhagen, Dauvit Alexander and Julia deVille and exhibitions of dark-themed jewellery, such as Jivan Astfalck’s ‘Black on Black’ at Manchester Art Gallery in 2015, proliferate. If there is one medium that combines Victorian adornment, mourning jewellery and contemporary Goth culture it is Whitby jet. Hal Redvers-Jones and his daughter Imogen of the Whitby Jet Heritage Centre

in Gothic effigy
Testimony and elegy
Alexandra Parsons

and created two major series of large paintings, Queer (Manchester Art Gallery, 1992) and Evil Queen ( 1993 ). 4 He travelled to film festivals and kept a hectic social schedule. He also had periods of intense illness and began to suffer from increasingly harrowing periods of ill health (one diary detailing some of the hospital stays during this time was lost in a taxi in May 1993). 5 In the midst of such freneticism, the diary took a sideline at times. He

in Luminous presence