What unites the city of Manchester? Some might say its credentials as an intellectual powerhouse for progressive politics and movements. The Friedrich Engels monument is certainly testament to this, as are the multiple stunning public libraries. The Central Library with its iconic rotunda structure and towering John Rylands Library represent the continuation of the 1850 Public Libraries Act, which mandated a public lending and reference service. Manchester was one of the first places to enact this law, ensuring an intellectual legacy for years to come.
Others might argue Manchester is united by the home-grown music and cultural talent which has emerged from the city. As well as a history of producing fine bands, Manchester has the cultural infrastructure to nurture this talent. Chetham’s School of Music, which dates back to Tudor times, and the Bridgewater Hall provide plenty of inspiration for the next generation of aspiring Mancunian musicians.
Yet some would simply say that Manchester is united by the coming together of old and new. Take a trip on the city’s Metrolink and you could find yourself immersed in the history of Tudor buildings one minute, and next staring up at Beetham Tower, the UK’s first skyscraper outside of London.
We're sure this debate could go on, so why not have it whilst you’re drying your dishes with a tea towel that celebrates Manchester and the landmarks that make it great?