Apart from inspecting looms and associated cotton weaving equipment in the Museum (wonderful), we had a conducted tour of Manchester Town Hall which is an extraordinary building. Gothic/mediaeval with Victorian central heating and a set of frescos in the main hall by Ford Madox Brown. The first photo is about the invention of the flying shuttle which , as you can see, has flown.
The second one is about the observation of the transit of Venus in the 17th century - very topical.
The main rooms are very richly decorated and still much in use. Of all things, the main hall with the frescos was being decorated for a regular event - a tea dance!!! I wish I had seen it.
Our guide was a Manchester girl and she clearly loved Manchester and the Town Hall. Actually that does come across quite strongly - pride in Manchester.
Dinner at the Midlands Hotel was just about as richly decorated.
Today we are off to Leeds by way of Saltaire.