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Recently, instead of writing my dissertation I embarked on a day trip to Manchester!

Manchester is a 1 and 1/2 hour train ride from Chester, an easy distance for day trips and concerts. As an Australian, my ideas about Manchester revolved around the industrial revolution; I expected to see factory buildings on each and every corner. I was not disappointed! The architecture of Manchester does not hide from its past and history (nor should it), but I loved that like Warsaw, Berlin, Budapest and Bologna, Manchester is using its historic buildings to support the growth of the city’s art and music scene (i.e. Soup Kitchen).

After arriving in Manchester we wandered through the city and found ourselves surrounded by museums. I highly recommend visiting the Museum of Science and Industry, especially for their Cravings Exhibit. Did you know that the material that our cutlery is made from influences the flavour of the food we eat? Apparently gold spoons taste creamy and are therefore well suited to eating dessert! No matter how many times I think about it, this little fact will always blow my mind.

As well as museums, we also visited the John Rylands Library. This neo-gothic building and its spectacular library rooms, gave me Harry Potter-esque chills. The library had an exhibit while we were visiting called Magic, Witches and Devils in the Early Modern World. If you are coming to Chester or the UK this year, I hope you keep these places in mind when planning trips away.

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One of the reading booths in the John Ryland Library, Manchester.
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The Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester. 



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